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 Margaret “Redfern” A. Pitzer  (1932 - 1998)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Oklahoma      Known for: Basketmaking; beadworking

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Margaret A. Pitzer was born in Peggs, Oklahoma on February 28, 1932.  Her family moved to El Dorado, Kansas in 1936.  Taught basket weaving by her Cherokee great-grandmother and adopted the name Redfern in honor of her great-grandmother.  She inscribed each basket with a tiny red fern on the bottom. Taught apprentices and shared her skills in workshops, demonstrations, and classes.  She died on July 8, 1988 in Wichita, Kansas.

Awards: Kansas Governor’s Artist Award, 1991; Master Folk Artist, Kansas State
Historical Society, 1991.
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SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Wichita Eagle (Feb, 11, 1991, July 11, 1998); Topeka Public Library. Kansas Artists List. (Mar. 11, 1988).; Kansas! (3rd issue, 1993); Kansas Heritage (Winter 1994).

This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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