CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library is the new home to four donated paintings. Edna Shain of Vinton has given four art pieces, collectively titled "The Four Seasons," to the Rod Library to be displayed on the ground floor adjacent to the UNI Museum. The paintings are by the late Iowa artist Robert Tabor and were created in 1952. Tabor was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) muralist, and one of his murals still hangs in the lobby of the U.S. Post Office in Independence.
Shain is a retired insurance company executive and previous owner of Lane Insurance Company in Independence, where the paintings were displayed. She chose to relocate the paintings to UNI because she knew they would be cared for while still remaining available to the public.
"These Depression-era artworks are important reminders of Iowa's past," said Roy Behrens, professor of art at UNI. "When I was younger, I saw these almost daily, so I couldn’t be more pleased that Edna has given them to the Rod Library, where they can be both preserved and shared with the public."
For more information, contact Angela Pratesi, Fine and Performing Arts Librarian and Assistant Professor Rod Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org.