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 Sarah (Edna M) Spurgeon  (1903 - 1985)

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Lived/Active: Washington/Iowa      Known for: portrait painter, history, muralist, educator

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A painter, muralist, and long-time professor of painting and drawing from 1939 to 1971 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Edna Spurgeon was born in Iowa and received a Master's Degree at the University of Iowa in 1930.  She later taught there for four years and then did graduate work in art history at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She was a part of the Federal Arts Project for the WPA in Iowa during the Depression of the 1930s and worked with Grant Wood on a mural, which is now in the Library at Iowa State University in Ames.  She also did a large-scale mural in Ginkgo Museum in Vantage, Washington; created painted tiles illustrating the history of tile-printing techniques for Hebeler Hall at Central Washington University; and did portraits of several faculty members, which are in campus locations.  A Gallery was named at that institution in her honor in 1977, and six years earlier she was named Professor Emeritus.

The September/October issue of Artifact Regional Magazine of the Arts and Antiques has an article about Sarah Spurgeon by Karen J. Blair titled "Sarah Spurgeon Artist and Educator".  Spurgeon was a member of the Women Painters of Washington.

Sources include:
David F. Martin, An Enduring Legacy: Women Painters of Washington 1930-2005
(website of the Gallery of the Department of Art, Central Washington University)

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