The Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund


CHICAGO IL - The Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund was established this week by a group from the Old Town School of Folk Music headed up by faculty member Peg Browning

"Our goal is to raise $1,600," said Browning, the fund administrator. "We want to purchase Peggy Lipschutz' portrait of Joe Hill and make it a gift to the Old Town School of Folk Music." 

Contributions can be made by check to The Peggy Lipschutz Art Fund, C/O Peg Browning, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.

Click here to download a donation form.

"Peggy Lipschutz is a remarkable artist and a true Chicago treasure," Browning continued. "Her portraits of folk artists Woody Guthrie, Big Bill Broonzy and Pete Seeger have hung at the Old Town School's Armitage Avenue location since 1970, and have become a trademark for the school. We want to add Peggy's latest work to the permanent collection at the school's newest building which opened last year on Lincoln Avenue."

The work debuted September 7 of this year at the show, "Fighting Back: The Life & Art of Peggy Lipschutz," sponsored by the Uri-Eichen Gallery in Pilsen. 

"Joe Hill was an artist," said Lipschutz of the iconic and controversial figure from American labor history. "He was a song writer and a musician and an activist. He wrote dozens and dozens of songs, some of which are still sung today."

A reception is planned for December 7 at the Old Town School to celebrate Lipschutz' ninety-fourth birthday, and to dedicate the painting. 

"We'll have live music and refreshments, and of course people will be able to view the painting," said Browning. "It will be a reunion in a way, of the Old Town School family."

"If we can collect more than our target amount, the additional funds will be donated to the Old Town School of Folk Music Building Fund as a separate gift, in the name of Joe Hill."


"The great song, 'I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night,' by Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson, has supplied us with much inspiration for the project," said Browning. "At Uri-Eichen Gallery, we sang it when Peggy's portrait debuted. The lyrics go, 'I never died, said he,' and In a way, we're working to make that promise come true."

"To present this work to Executive Director Bau Graves with an additional gift towards the building fund represents something integral to the mission of the Old Town School of Folk Music."

Click here or on the image left to download and print a donation form. 

Click here to receive details on the December 7 reception at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL.

The photograph above was taken September 7, 2012 at the Uri-Eichen Gallery, Chicago IL at the show, "Fighting Back: The Art & Life of Peggy Lipschutz." Pictured from the left are Aunt Janet, who sang with the Old Town School Folk Club at the event, Mark Dvrorak and Peggy Lipschutz. For more information on Uri-Eichen visit

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