"Increase Robinson was born Josephine Dorothea Reichmann in Chicago, IL on April 2, 1890 to Frank Joseph Reichmann, a transportation official, and Josephine Lemos, an artist in a long line of artist.
Robinson was a graduate of Hyde Park High School, and was the Vice President of her high school class of 1909. She took the name Increase Robinson after the death of her first husband, Philip Increase Robinson. She was a member of the Chicago Art Club and the Chicago Society of Arts. She worked as a painter, teacher, lecturer, gallery owner, and State Director of the Federal Art Project in Illinois between 1933 and 1938.
She had an exhibition of art at the 1933/34 Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair. However, her greatest public recognition came from her work with the WPA. Her art ranged from'regionalism' to challenging new forms and materials.
Controversial and autocratic during her years on the FAP [Federal Art Project], she was the frequent target of the Chicago Artists' Union ire for her handling of the artists as well as her financial practices. Her skills were very contradictory - in spite of her poor management of many artists, she was extremely successful in promoting those artists who did work under her as well as setting up well-received public exhibitions of art.
In March 1938 she resigned as State Director of the Illinois FAP and was replaced by George Thorpe. She remarried and moved to California where she continued to paint and run an art gallery."
Assemblage: cardboard, twine, board, objects c.1946
26 x 20 inches (66.0 x 50.8cm)