Lois Ireland

Year inducted: 2015

At the tender age of fourteen, Lois Ireland’s work attracted the interest of John Steuart Curry during his time as UW-Madison’s first artist-in-residence. Curry urged her to “paint what you know.” Ireland became the youngest member of Wisconsin’s Rural Art Program while still in high school. After graduating in 1947, she enrolled in the art program at UW-Madison and later left to study at the Art Students’ League in New York. In 1950, she returned home to her studio in Wisconsin and resumed painting works that are recognized as important representations of the rural scenic movement.

Works by Lois Ireland