MHNA Past Trustee Is Featured in Exhibit, “Anita Duncan: The Art of Life”
Sunday, August 9, 2015
The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science in Evansville, Indiana, celebrates the art-filled life of Anita Duncan, an Evansville native. The exhibit, “Anita Duncan: The Art of Life” runs from August 9 – October 4, 2015. The exhibition features the many stages of creativity she experienced in school and work, as well as projects, activities, crafts and related ideas from the past 70 years.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Duncan began her career as an art teacher in South Bend, Indiana. She moved to New York City in 1960, where she created scenic designs for off-Broadway theater productions and had her original coloring books published. In 1963, she began her publishing career, becoming an accomplished college and elementary school textbook designer, book editor, photo researcher and director of editorial licensing.
While in New York City Duncan was an active member of the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association. She was a trustee for two years and a Vice President for one year in the 1980s. She designed posters and flyers for the block parties during this time, and she also designed the newsletters from 1985-1987. In 1984, after President Regan cut food programs for the needy, she became involved with MHNA’s Help Our Neighbors Eat Year-Round program, along with Virginia Locke, the founder of the program. Duncan created a flyer, a folder, a button and a honey bear mascot for the program. These items hung in the family-owned neighborhood D’Agostino’s grocery stores, where patrons could purchase food items and deposit them in the “honey bins” in the store. At that time, H.O.N.E.Y furnished weekend meals to 80 needy Murray Hill residents. A whole wall of the exhibit is dedicated to the MHNA and H.O.N.E.Y posters and flyers.
In 2006, the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), a national organization comprised of photographers, photo researchers and photo agency representatives, named Duncan the ASPP – Picture Professional of the Year. Duncan retired in 2012 and returned to her hometown of Evansville in 2014. She continues to experiment and create with a variety of media. Her artistic journey is captured in this exhibition and brings attention to the importance of lifelong learning, creativity, and art education.
For more information about the exhibit, you can contact the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, 411 S.E. Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713 | Phone: 812-425-2406 | website: http://www.emuseum.org.