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Carolyn Gassan Plochmann papers


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Carolyn Gassan Plochmann papers, 1942-2007 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By L. Broaddus

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Collection Overview

Title: Carolyn Gassan Plochmann papers, 1942-2007Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1942-1965

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-34-F1

Primary Creator: Plochmann, Carolyn Gassan

Extent: 3.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Prints and negatives are arranged in the order acquired.  Correspondence and photocopies of printed materials are arranged by date, with a few additional folders of original printed materials.  Oversized original publications are separated into Box 3.

Date Acquired: 12/20/2008

Subjects: Artists - United States, Plochmann, Carolyn Gassan, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Forms of Material: Color slides., Correspondence., Photographs, Sketches.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is primarily comprised of black and white prints and color negatives depicting the artwork of Carolyn Gassan Plochmann, as well as printed materials relating to her life and accomplishments as a noted American artist.   The materials in this collection document Plochmann's career over a period of around twenty years, from the mid-1940's to the mid-1960's.

Biographical Note

Carolyn Gassan Plochmann was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1926.  Known for her paintings and drawings, she experienced early success as an artist, winning local art competitions while still in high school.  With successive scholarships awarded for first-prize paintings, Plochmann earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1949 from the University of Iowa.  That year she also accepted a post as Supervisor of Art at the Allyn Training School of Southern Illinois University.

After her marriage to George Kimball Plochmann, a professor in the Philosophy department, she resigned from her teaching post and embarked upon a prolific artistic career, exhibiting works in over forty one-man shows and many more multiple-artist exhibits throughout the Midwest and in New York.

According  a statement she wrote in 1958, Carolyn Gassan Plochmann's artistic aim was "to dig as deeply as I can into the problems of light, form, and color, experimenting with new media, trying new models, and refining the intellectual aspects of the overpowering emotional need to interpret human character."

Subject/Index Terms

Artists - United States
Plochmann, Carolyn Gassan
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. (Note that slides in the collection that were marked by Kennedy Galleries were marked to protect the artist's rights and do not indicate copyright ownership by Kennedy Galleries).

Acquisition Source: Carolyn Gassan Plochmann donation

Separated Materials: Several original paintings are held by Morris Library and the Southern Illinois University Museum

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Preferred Citation: [Item, Box number], Carolyn Gassan Plochmann Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "University Portrait: Nine Paintings" by Carolyn Gassan Plochmann (monograph), 1959Add to your cart.

companion volume to "The Ordeal of Southern Illinois University" by George Kimball Plochmann (monograph)

5 copies

Folder 2: "Prize Winning Graphics: Book 4" by Margaret Harold (monograph), 1966Add to your cart.
with cover art by Carolyn Gassan Plochmann
Folder 3: Newspaper clippings, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper clippings, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper clippings, 1970-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper clippings, 1998, 2002Add to your cart.

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