Road Signs


Coreen Mary Spellman ( American, 1905 - 1978 )

c. 1936
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General Description

Autobiographical details resonate within this landscape by Coreen Spellman, who used the bold lettering of highway signs to indicate where she lived and where she worked. The result is, in effect, a radical type of self-portrait.

Born in Forney, Texas, and raised in Dallas, Spellman studied at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman's University) in Denton, where she taught for nearly fifty years.

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Wiliam Keyse Rudolph, Label text, 2005

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