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Mineck, Arlene, 1917-



Arlene Baumhoefener Mineck, watercolor painter and teacher, was born February 11, 1917 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She grew up in an old farm house with her brother Carl and sister Velma. Mineck attended her freshman year of college at Coe College, but graduated from Iowa State University in 1938 with a degree in home economics. She married William Mineck a year later, in 1939.

Together, the couple took over the Mineck family business as grocery store owners. Mineck attended evening painting classes and also created ads for the store. In 1970, due to her husband’s failing health, they sold the store. When he passed away in 1972, Mineck began taking art classes at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, earning a degree in art education. She taught for eight years at Polk Elementary after a year of substituting around the Cedar Rapids school district. Mineck also began traveling to Europe, taking along her sketchbook and painting kit. While traveling, Mineck attended many professional art workshops, including an Italian art school called La Romita. The artwork she created in Europe and around Iowa were shown and sold at several art exhibits.

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Arlene Mineck papers

Identifier: IWA0944

Watercolor painter and art teacher from the Cedar Rapids area.

Dates: 1939-2010