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 Irene A. Selonke  (1910 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Illinois      Known for: illustration-handcraft publications, watercolor landscape

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Known for illustration for handcraft publications, landscape and genre painting, Irene Selonke was born Sept. 10, 1910 and lived and worked in Johnson County, Kansas for much of her career.  Her illustration work included Modern Handcraft Magazine, Workbasket Magazine and Workbench Magazine.

She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute and with Joseph Fleck in Taos, New Mexico and Olga Dormandi in Paris, France.

Memberships included the National League of American Pen Women, which she served as state art chairman from 1971 to 1972.

Selonke is known to have done watercolor landscapes and also painted in oils.

She died in July 1978 in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Council American Artists, Lever House, New York City, 1964;
National League American Pen.
Women Biennial State Show, Saint Louis, Missouri ., 1965;
National League American Pen. Women Regional State Show, Kansas City, 1965;
 Greater Kansas City Art Association Exhibs., 1966;
National League American Pen. Women National Exhibition, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1969;
Ken Gilbert 83rd & Summerset, Prairie Village, Kansas, 1970s. 

Four awards from the National League American Pen. Women, 1962-69
Five awards from the Greater Kansas City Art Association, 1962-68
Pikes Peak National Award, 1972

Ralph Foster Museum, Point Lookout, Missouri
Gill Studios, Olatha, Kansas
Johnson Co. National Bank, Prairie Village, Kansas
Three-Thirty-Three Myer Bldg., Kansas City, Missouri
Golden Ox, Washington, DC.

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Scott Wilder, Fine Art Researcher of Kansas and Missouri Artists
Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art

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Born Chicago, Sept. 4, 1910; died Kansas City, July 17, 1978. Painter. Illustrator. Teacher. Lived in Kansas City and Leawood. Painted western scenes, seascapes, and Native Americans.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kovinick, Phil and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.; Who?s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. ?76,?80.
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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