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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
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.
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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