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 Peggy Strong  (1912 - 1956)

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Lived/Active: Washington/California/Oregon      Known for: regionalist mural, figurative and expressionist painter

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A prominent regionalist artist in Washington state during the Depression of the 1930s, Peggy Strong did both figurative realism and abstract, expressionist painting.  She also was a muralist.  She was born in Tacoma, studied at the Annie Wright Seminary and in Tacoma with Alice Engley Beek.  In addition she attended the Universtiy of Washington and studied in Detroit and New York City.  Among her teachers were Mark Tobey, Frederick Taubes and Sarkis Sarkisian.

Her murals were The Saga of Wenatchee (1939) for the Wenatchee Post Office, which is now the North Central Washington Museum; Circus Themes (1943) for the Naval Officers Club in Dutch Harbor, Alaska; and Paul Bunyan Themes and Babe the Blue Ox (1944), a commission by the Junior League for the USO Traveler's Aid Servicemen's Lounge at Union Station in Tacoma.  In 1959, the Junior League gave the murals to the University of Puget Sound for the Great Hall in the Student Center.  The largest mural has Paul Bunyan in front of Mount Rainier and shows methods of early logging.  The smaller mural depicts Babe running away with a plow and creating the furrow that became Puget Sound.

Strong moved to San Francisco in 1948 and lived there for the remaining eight years of her life, dying at age 43.  Exhibition venues included museums in Seattle, Portland, Oakland and San Francisco, and she was a member of the Women Painters of Washington.  Her work was in the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco.

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David F. Martin, An Enduring Legacy, Women Painters of Washington, 1930-2005

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Born in Aberdeen, WA on Sept. 7, 1912. Strong studied at the University of Washington. She was a resident of Tacoma, WA in 1940 and died in Eugene, OR on June 10, 1956. Exh: Seattle Museum, 1936-49; Portland Museum, 1936-38; SFMA, 1937-38; GGIE, 1939; SF Women Artists, 1940.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Washington State Artists 1850-1950 (Trip, Dode and Sherburne F. Cooke); Who's Who in American Art 1953.
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