Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

The Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project records and preserves the voices of women visual artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. In 1998, creator and director Jane Robinette began interviewing Iowa women artists about their experiences and art practices. The interviews cover family and personal history, education, development as an artist, artwork, creative process, influences, and more. The Daily Palette is pleased to present excerpts of the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's 2008 updates that Robinette collected from the Project artists who were interviewed nine or ten years ago. Visit the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's website.

Enid, mixed media, 6" x 10" x 3" (purse, unopened), 2007

Robbie Steinbach was born Imogene Kay Robshaw in 1948, in Belle Plaine, Iowa. When she was in fifth grade her family moved to Grundy Center, Iowa, where her father died when she was 13, and where she graduated from high school. She has one younger sister. She received her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 1970, in English. She taught high school and junior high English for several years, then became interested in photography. She received her M.A. (1989) and  M.F.A. (1990) in photography from the University of Iowa.

2008 Update: "I have recently been photographing creative women —visual artists, musicians, writers—in Taos, New Mexico. When I first discussed this artistic project with a friend, she suggested I call it by the acronym SIWOT, Strong Independent Women of Taos.  That has been its working title since then.  Eventually, it will be a book with text by my friend, writer Lyn Bleiler.  She and I have been granted a residency by the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, for summer 2009, to work on editing and shaping this project."

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