German born artist Julius Moessel arrived in Chicago in the late 1920's after nearly 30 years as a well known painter and designer of interior architectural decoration. Moessel achieved success here in Chicago as a muralist, illustrator and painter, most notably through his illustrations for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post magazine and his murals for the Hall of Plants at the Field Museum of Chicago. His sketches and paintings reveal many aspects of his character as an observer of the natural world, a visionary artist and a biting satirist.
Oak Park IL born Mary Agnes Yerkes studied at Rockford College and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1918, she married a Naval officer, taking her away from the Midwest on an artistic adventure lasting over 40 years in the American West. Yerkes developed her distinctive style plein-air painting full of rich tones and shimmering atmosphere. She and her husband traveled throughout the west, sketching and photographing the Yosemites, the Cascades and all along the Pacific Coast.