A Photo of Lucia Lerner!

I've been so busy at school this week with my involvement on the International Women's Day promotions committee that I didn't have time to put together Today's Inspiration. But when Steve Scott, who recently sent a couple of wonderful Lucia Lerner art scans, sent yet another small batch by the artist, I had to make sure I got them posted right away.

Not only did this latest gift from Steve contain another great Redbook cover by Lucia...

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... it included a photo of the artist - wow! At long last, we now know what Lucia Lerner (whom her old co-worker Will Nelson described to me as "the queen" of the Stephens Biondi DiCicco art studio in 1950s Chicago) looked like.

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Reading the brief description above about Lucia leaves me even more impressed than I've been since first beginning my research into Lucia's career. Lucia was a single mom raising a daughter on her own, a tremendously talented and successful illustrator and, from all accounts, a tough but fair business woman. All of which makes her exceptional for the times in which she lived.

What better person for a blog about mid-century illustration to celebrate during the week of International Woman's Day!

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And speaking of International Women's Day, please take a moment to check out the work of my students in the Graphic Design program at Mohawk College. Each student designed and illustrated a poster of the woman of their choice and the top ten were selected by a jury of faculty members to be printed in multiples and displayed across all the Mohawk College campuses this week. You can see the top ten designs on our class blog.

* Thanks again to Steve Scott for his tremendous gift of these new scans, especially the rare glimpse of the artist.

* If you'd like to see many more examples of Lucia's work and read about her career, I've collected all my research on my Female Illustrators of the Mid-20th Century blog.

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