Irene Bianucci

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  • Irene
  • Bianucci
  • Bianucci
  • Roy Robert Soravia, artist; married 1940
  • December 16, 1903
  • Lucca, Italy
  • November 20, 1988
  • Encinitas, California
  • Italian
  • 1903-1909: Lucca, Italy

    1915: to Farmer City, Illinois

    ?: to Clinton, Illinois; graduated Clinton High School 1922

    1922-1926:  Kewanee, Illinois

    1926-??: Chicago

    1930-?: New York

    1940 census: lodger at 685 N. Michigan, Chicago, Illinois??

    1949-?: Leucadia, California
  • Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois
  • Drawing, Gouache, Muralist, Watercolorist
  • 1922-1926: Millikin University, Decatur, IL; student of George Raab
    1926-?: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; student of George Oberteuffer, Boris Anisfeld, and John W. Norton
  • Array
  • 1924: Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

    1929?, 1931: Decatur Art Institute, Decatur, Illinois

    1930: Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois

    1930-1933, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941: Annual exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois;

    1930: La Pensierosa

    1934, 1935: Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    1936: No-Jury Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    1938: Federal Art Program Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1934, 1935: Chicago Society of Artists, Women's Club Bureau, Mandel Brothers; Rain, pencil drawing

    May 1953: Mandel Brothers Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

    International Watercolor show, Chicago, Illinois

    Riverside Museum, New York

    San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, Illinois

    Tower Town Galleries, Chicago, Illinois
  • Juvenile Court, Chicago, Illinois

    Mural Rural Scene -- Wakarusa Valley, US Post Office, Mt. Carroll, Illinois

    Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois

    Southern Illinois University
  • Becker, Heather. Art for the peoplethe rediscovery and preservation of progressive and WPA-era murals in the Chicago public schools, 1904-1943. Chronicle Books, 2002.

  • Chicago Society of Artists
  • 1924: Minnie Bachman Mueller Prize, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois for exceptional ability in execution of a mural, Music

    1926: two 1st place prizes at Illinois State Fair:  a still life, a painting of animals

    1927: 3 1st place prizes and 5 red ribbons for paintings

    1930: Art Prize, Union League Club, Chicago, Illinois for Little Russian Girl, oil

    1930: The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Scholarship to study in New York

    circa 1950: Honorable mention, San Diego Art Guild annual
  • WPA commissions: Clara Barton Elementary School and at the Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School (Discovery of America and Landing of Columbus, 1940)

    Designer/illustration, Container Corporation of America, Chicago, 1943-1946
  • Parents: Assunta Cataldi (1880-1969) and Amadeo Bianucci (1879-January 27, 1949). He owned the Clinton Ice Cream Company.

    Siblings: Henry Bianucci (1905-1981), George Harold Bianucci (1914-1965), Marianne Virginia Bianucci Gambrel (1918-2002), and Eugene Francis Bianucci (1920-1997).