Lecture: Cultivating Citizens with Art in Wisconsin by Prof. Lauren Kroiz



Prof. Lauren Kroiz (University of California, Berkeley) discusses the Wisconsin origins of her new book, Cultivating Citizens: The Regional Work of Art in the New Deal Era. Her lecture centers on the University of Wisconsin’s Rural Art Program, which began at UW’s College of Agriculture in the late 1930s and continues into the present. She considers the contributions of Regionalist painter John Steuart Curry, rural sociologist John Rector Barton, art history professor Oskar Hagen, and rural artists including Earl Sugden, Alice Weber, and Millie Rose Lalk. Reception to follow in Paige Court. Sponsored by the Department of Art History (the James Watrous fund) with co-sponsorship from the Chazen Museum of Art.