Lori Pickell-Stangel speaks about Wanda Gag
Lori Pickell-Stangel speaks about Wanda Gag

In the early years of the twentieth century when the world was fighting in the first world war, Wanda Gag ’1916 found herself fighting her own battles to find her artistic identity. 

Lori Pickell-Stangel, director of the McLeod County Historical Society Museum, recently spoke at the Gag House about the late artist's life during the war, the struggles she faced, and her eventual path to success in the art world.

After starting art school in 1914, Gag soon found herself struggling to find the drive to work. There was no doubt she had talent; she just had a hard time creating when she "wasn't in a drawing mood." After losing her scholarship and being forced to leave that school, she started anew at the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD), which proved to be a launching pad for her career.

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