Persistent Iowa Man Retrieves Long-stolen Artwork by Grant Wood

Persistent Iowa Man Retrieves Long-stolen Artwork by Grant Wood

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Andrew Wallace vividly recalls the email he received one afternoon in 2013 telling him that a sketchbook of famed Iowa artist Grant Wood was for sale at a Chicago fine arts auction house.

As the manager of collections for Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, he also serendipitously received a request from a Wood scholar that resulted in discovering a ledger listing items in the Figge’s extensive collection from Wood’s sister that included “a small sketchbook of ideas for a memorial window.”

So Wallace, a humble yet persistent man, set about to retrieve the stolen art.

(READ the story in the Quad City Times)

Story tip from Lisa Santer- Unrelated Photo by Julie, Your Secret Admiral (CC license)

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