Before Mickey Mouse, there were Kewpie dolls—the much beloved cherub-faced characters created by Midwest native Rose O'Neill. Introduced to the world in December of 1909 through a cartoon published in Ladies' Home Journal, their frolics and impish pursuits became so popular that they moved off the page into doll form and beyond. The success of the Kewpie doll made O'Neill a millionaire, but it was just one of her many creative pursuits. She was also an important illustrator—the only female on the staff of Puck
Magazine; an author of four published novels and several books of poetry; and a sculptor who exhibited her work in Paris.
In Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill, Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museum, unites all of O'Neill's creative endeavors, examining how she pursued these interests and lived life on her own terms, all in spite of the strict social rules placed upon women at the turn of the century. Join us as Buhr discusses the incredible life and work of artist Rose O'Neill.