T. F. Poduska papers
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Scope and Contents
The T. F. Poduska papers date from 1965 to 2015 and measure 15 linear inches in three boxes. The papers are arranged in three series: Biographical, Exhibitions and Awards, and Writing. The Biographical series (2016) contains information written about the collection, referred to as “TF’s Library” as well as a copy of Poduska’s obituary. The series also holds several autobiographical writings focused on her artwork. The Exhibitions and Awards series (1946-1987) contains newspaper clippings, posters, programs, and photographs from art shows and exhibits that Poduska’s work was featured in. The Writing series (1981-2013) holds a large number of writing done by Poduska and her family members. This includes memories of their childhoods, stories about their family, and other personal pieces. Poduska also wrote about her travels both internationally and across Iowa, as well as several descriptions of her paintings. This series also contains T. F. Poduska’s memoirs, “OK, OK, I’ll Paint” and “OK, OK, I’ll Paint II”, which explore her career.
- Creation: 1946, 1966-2003, 2011, 2014, 2016
- Poduska, T. F. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
Biographical / Historical
Thelma Fleming (T. F.) was born on December 6, 1925, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She attended Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) and earned her B. A. in Art Education. In 1948, T. F. married Robert Poduska and the two moved to Denver, Colorado. T. F. Poduska worked in her in-home art studio to be near her daughters, Ann and Sue. Poduska painted with acrylics, created weavings, and experimented with colors inspired by the nature around her. Poduska understood herself as a “translator of nature.” She wrote throughout her life both about her life and art.
15 linear inches
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T. F. Poduska was a painter and advocate for the arts.
Artist from Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no. 178) were donated by Rosemary Tharp in 1993 and Ann McCue in 2022.
- Marnie Schroer, 1995. Beatrice Kearns, 2023.
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