A Spirit Unbound – The Art of Peggy Strong

Peggy Strong (1912-1956) was one of the leading regional artists of the mid-20th century. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Strong studied at the Annie Wright Seminary, the University of Washington and privately with Mark Tobey, Sarkis Sarkisian and Frederick Taubes.

Peggy Strong developed a significant reputation as a painter and muralist despite being paralyzed in the lower half of her body as the result of an automobile accident in 1933. One of her crowning achievements was winning the mural commission for the Wenatchee Post Office sponsored by the US Treasury department in 1940. The large panels depicting “The Saga of Wenatchee” were produced in her studio at Gravelly Lake, near Tacoma. This massive undertaking was accomplished with the assistance of her father, Charles A. Strong, a Civil Engineer who devised a self- operated elevator for her studio as well as an automobile hand control system that allowed her to drive and work independently. Strong produced several other murals in the region and had briefly relocated to San Francisco before her untimely death in 1956.

  • September 9, 2016 - January 8, 2017