Plochmann, Carolyn Gassan | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
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."