A grainy black and white photograph of Baranceanu
Belle Baranceanu

Belle Baranceanu ‘24 has been named one of San Diego’s “Phenomenal Women” by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Baranceanu, a painter, attended MCAD in the 1920’s when the institution was known as the Minneapolis School of Art. After moving to San Diego in 1933 following the tragic death of her fiancé, artist Anthony Angarola, Baranceanu became known for her involvement with the federally-sponsored work programs designed to keep artists employed during the Great Depression. Her first mural, titled San Diego, was created for the Public Works of Art Project of the Civil Works Administration.

San Diego is currently in the collection of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. More of Baranceanu’s mural work can still be found in various public spaces and schools in La Jolla, California, where she died in 1988.

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