Nationality

American

Artist Dates

1903-2004

Title of Work

Union Square

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Date of Work

1933

Medium

Lithograph

Collection/Provenance

Public Works of Art Project Collection

Status

Displayed

Location

School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building

Artist Bio

Bernarda Bryson Shahn began her career as a writer, printmaker, and illustrator; but in her later years was better known for her paintings. Born in Athens, Ohio, she studied at Ohio University, Ohio State, and the Cleveland School of Art. After meeting artist Ben Shahn in 1933, they became companions and eventually married (shortly before her husband’s death in 1969).

Additional Information

Born in Athens, Ohio, Bernarda Bryson Shahn studied at Ohio University, Ohio State, and the Cleveland School of Art. The subject of her print involves intellectuals at Union Square in New York City (with the equestrian statue of George Washington behind them).

The rare print was previously used to decorate a basement office in UND’s Montgomery Hall, where it was framed without archival materials. During a rainy spring, the artwork became endangered when the basement flooded and the humidity sharply escalated. After the severely dampened print dried, it was re-matted with archival materials and reframed. It was also reassigned an educational purpose, in recognition of its historical significance.

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