Guest Speaker Peggy Bang

Peggy Bang to speak at the MacNider Art Museum on May 13

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is excited to announce that Peggy Bang will be giving a special presentation on “Marion Mahony Griffin – Her Life Story Living and Working on Three Continents” to coordinate with the In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin exhibition on display in the Kinney Lindstrom Gallery from May 5 – August 16, 2017. Chicago born Marion Mahony Griffin became the earliest licensed female Architect in America in 1897.  This presentation will give an overview of Marion’s life and work during her 90 years as she lived and produced work on three continents. Marion’s passions about nature and anthroposophy influenced her personal choices and architectural planning her entire life. This speaking event will take place on Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Salsbury Room.  Seating will be on a first come, first served basis and is free and open to the public.

Peggy Bang has been a local leader in historic preservation since 1990, collaborating on various projects such as co-chairing the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Stockman House restoration; serving 10 years on the Wight on the Park board [several as President] that owns and restored the Historic Park Inn Hotel, the last surviving Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in the world; and restoring her home, the Melson House with her husband.

Peggy has lived in Mason City since graduating from Iowa State University.  Through the years she continued her education in New York City where she received a Master’s degree at Bank Street College of Education in co-operation with Parson’s School of Design.   Peggy has had a four-decade long career as an art educator in the Mason City Public Schools and in the North Iowa Area Community College Visual Arts department. Although no longer teaching, Peggy volunteers as a board member of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America; as the Vice President of the MacNider Art Museum Foundation after serving 28 years as a Museum Trustee; and as a docent for Wright on the Park.

A popular speaker, Peggy has given architectural presentations in Canberra & Sydney, Australia; in Elmhurst, IL: at Falling Water in Bear Run, PA; in Quasqueton, Iowa and in Mason City. She recently authored The Melson House Revealed: An Owner’s Perspective, an account of the home’s restoration and provenance.

The In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin exhibition is sponsored by Bergland + Cram, First Citizens Bank, John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation, David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation, the River City Society for Historic Preservation, Visit Mason City, and Wright on the Park.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.