June Wayne was born 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was interested in art from a very young age. When she was 5 she began to make drawings made out of only colored dots. By the time she was nine she began illustrating a book. She worked on that project until her late teens. She dropped out of high school because she was bored. She was able to pass the entrance exams to get into the University of Chicago. She didn't go there but continued to work on her art. Soon she had a one-person show of her paintings at the Boulevard Gallery in Chicago. The Mexican Government invited her to come to Mexico and paint. She had an exhibit in 1936, at the age of 18, at the Palacio de Balles Artes in Mexico City. She worked at the art galleries of Marshall Field and Company in Chicago, the easel-painting project of the WPA, costume jewelry designer, stylist in New York City and writer for WGN radio in Chicago. She was working as artist full time by 1950. By 1952 the Los Angeles Times named her Woman of the Year for Meritorious Achievement in Modern Art. June was one of the most respected artists in America.
June was worried about lithography and that it was not being done very well. She asked the Ford Foundation for money to train master printers to work with US artists. She created the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. They gave her $165,000 in 1960 to give it a try. In 1962 they gave her $400,000 more and in 1965 another $700,000 to keep going through 1970.
Today June has a studio in Hollywood, California. She was very kind and sent us a video of her working. It was very interesting to see how she saw one thing and just made it into a whole piece of art. June teaches, writes and continues to create art.
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2000, by Greg, fourth grade