Leon Polk Smith1906-1996

University of Iowa Museum of Art
Iowa City, IA

$13,000 toward the acquisition of the 1946 painting Center Columns, Blue-Red for the museum’s permanent collection. Born in Oklahoma’s Indian Territory, Smith worked in New York and taught at various institutions, including the University of Georgia. Using canvases of various sizes and shapes, Smith painted hard-edged, abstract geometric forms defined by tangential lines in brilliant primary colors.