Illinois Women Artists, Part 31: Grace Ravlin

January 4th, 2018

A wartime interlude – an artist returns home
By Alta Ann Parkins Morris, with Kristan H. McKinsey

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Illinois Women Artist Project 2015 Symposium

September 27th, 2015

IWAP returns to Bradley University October 22nd & 23rd in Peoria, Illinois. Learn more here

IWAP at Tarble Arts Center

March 25th, 2012

The Illinois Women Artists Project will be at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Il on May 26 through September 6, 2012.

IWAP at Quincy Arts Center

November 30th, 2011

The Illinois Women Artists Project will be at the Quincy Arts Center from late 2011 through early April, 2012.

IWAP Exhibition

September 8th, 2011

Grace Ravlin to be featured in Illinois Women
Artists Project

Courtyard Fountain, Cuernavaca, Mexico 1925

Courtyard Fountain, Cuernavaca, Mexico 1925

EXHIBITION: Skirting Convention: Illinois Women Artists, 1840 to 1940 at Lakeview Museum in Peoria, Illinois October 1, 2011 – to January 15, 2012.The exhibit is a unique and distinctive collection of seventy paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture by sixty-three Illinois women artists who worked in the state in different decades, under various conditions, using a variety of styles and subjects. These outstanding women achieved success during their lifetimes yet, little is known about them today. Learn their stories, see their artwork and consider the roles these women played in American history during your visit to Lakeview Museum.

SYMPOSIUM: Uncovering the Stories of Midwestern Women Artists, 1840 to 1940: an interdisciplinary conference to explore the art and experiences of early Midwestern women artists. October 20-21, 2011 at Bradley University.

See the IWAP Exhibition and Symposium site for more information >

Cuernavaca Courtyard sketch

Cuernavaca Courtyard sketch

…sketches reveal the character of the artist even more clearly than [her] finished pictures. They are… the vivid expression of [her] appreciation of Nature under a special emotional impulse and… are worthy of preservation.
– Alfred East

  • The Search Goes On

    Aperitif, 1919

    Aperitif, 1919

    Our research has brought to light many paintings and documents previously unknown, but the authors believe there might be even more material, not in the archive, that would enhance our portrait of Grace Ravlin. Numerous paintings that were dispersed both here and abroad were never documented; countless letters Grace wrote remain undiscovered. Perhaps some of these have found their way into the collections or attics of aficionados of art or old letters. If you have, or know of, additional information, please contact us via e-mail at