Drawn From Life

Artist Janice Lowry’s illustrated diaries record her history—and ours

Artist Janice Lowry regarded the notebooks as “126 chapters of a memoir.” Her life’s journey, chronicled in her diaries, ended Sept. 20, 2009, when she succumbed to liver cancer. (Archives of American Art)
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Shortly after, Kirwin says, the artist sent two complete journals to the Archives. "We used them right away for an exhibition of sketchbooks," Kirwin remembers, thereby allowing Lowry to cross off a very important item on one of her last to-do lists: "Find steward for journals."

Owen Edwards is a freelance writer and author of the book Elegant Solutions.

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Owen Edwards is a freelance writer who previously wrote the "Object at Hand" column in Smithsonian magazine.

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