Wheat Field

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.

Wheat Field, oil, 16" x 16"

Elizabeth "Libby" Bennett Momberg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1930. She grew up in Omaha, then moved when she was 13, to Ames, Iowa. She was the youngest of four children. She attended college at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She is divorced, and has five grown children. She has an interior design business, and paints in watercolor and oil.

2008 Update: "Everything is the same with one exception—I don't have a gallery. I had bad luck with one and had health issues that went on for two years. I have sold several paintings however. My paintings have changed in that I am painting on smaller wrapped canvases and using a palette knife. Since the last interview my design business has scaled down and, having been ill, I haven't painted as much. I am still inspired by nature—landscapes, flowers, trees, gardens.  There is also that inner push that says i have to paint the beauty of the world."

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