Golden Autumn Light

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.

Golden Autumn Light, oil, 26" x 34, 2005

Vicki Ingham was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1952. She grew up mainly in Fairfax County, Virginia, and spent summers in Birmingham, Alabama, with her father and stepfamily after her parents' divorce in 1962. She has one younger sister and two stepsisters. She received her B.A. in Anthropology in 1974 from the University of Delaware. After taking art studio courses from 1977 to 1980, she received an M.A. in Art History in 1994 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In the interim years between degrees, she worked as a writer/editor for Southern Living in Birmingham. She is single, and works full-time at Meredith Publishing as a book editor. She paints with oil, and studied landscape painting in Italy in 1992 and in 1997.

2008 Update: "In some ways not much has changed for me. I live in the same apartment, I work at the same company, probably doing much the same type of thing, editing decorating books. I'm still painting in oil. But a couple of things have changed. I came to terms with accepting myself as an artist and believing in that as my calling, whether I sell anything or not. There are so many of us out here making art, and it's hard sometimes not to feel overwhelmed and lost in the crowd, but I have to keep believing that we each have our calling, our gift, and the responsibility to use it. I keep making art because I need to. It's part of who I am. I want and need to sell what I produce for financial reasons, but finding buyers is also the other part of the conversation--I'm putting it out there, and I need someone to respond. It's really a gift when people like your work enough to want to live with it.

I started focusing on Italian landscapes in 2003, when I discovered Poggiarellino, the wonderful farm in Tuscany where I've stayed four times. I finally have a website and am trying to figure out how to use the internet to find a wider audience."

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