On Display: Artwork by Violet Oakley

Bain News Service, Publisher/Retrieved from the Library of Congress.


Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March 28, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

In Archives & Special Collections (fourth floor)


Violet Oakley (1874–1961) was a talented and prolific artist who contributed to the advancement of women in her field. She was also a peace advocate. Beginning her career in illustration, she became accomplished in stained-glass design, manuscript illumination, and portraiture. She is perhaps best known for groundbreaking success as a muralist, in what was then a male-dominated field.

Visitors are invited to see a display containing selections of Oakley’s work from the Library’s collections. These include a drawing for one of the 43 murals she painted over the course of 25 years, which adorn the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

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