Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Elizabeth Layton
    born: Wellsville, Kansas, United States ; died: Olathe, Kansas, United States
  • Censorship, 1989
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lithograph, hand coloring
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 760 x 570 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 29 7/8 x 22 7/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 36 x 30 in
  • Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum
  • Not on display
  • 1991.0013
Label Text

Archive Label 2003:
Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton was born in Wellsville, Kansas. At the age of 68 she attended a drawing course at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Her discovery of drawing helped to pull her from chronic manic-depression. She received national attention not only as a remarkable success story in the area of art therapy, but for her often challenging images on themes of aging, censorship, literacy, and women’s rights.