Fern Shaffer papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

2 linear feet of material documenting Fern Shaffer’s professional career as an artist, ritualist, lecturer, and environmental advocate, including materials documenting exhibitions that featured Shaffer’s works, professional activities she participated in, press coverage of her artwork, examples of her work, interactions with organizations in Colombia, collaborative efforts with Othello Anderson, Suzi Gablik, and Bayle Oakes, proposals for project, a residency at Roanoke College, and an award given to Shaffer by the Veteran Feminists of America. Selected photographic images in the collection are restricted from photographing or publishing (see finding aid for details).

Biographical Historical Note

Fern Shaffer is a Chicago-based artist, ritualist, educator, guest lecturer, and exhibitor who works mainly in the painting media.

Additional Notes

Related collections: other Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago collections; Artemisia Gallery Records, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.