News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 11, 2013

Drawings featured in ‘Looking At Lincoln’

News Release

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Drawings of Abraham Lincoln, recently acquired by the Tarble Arts Center, are featured in the latest version of the center’s “Looking At Lincoln” exhibition. The exhibition explores the life and times of Lincoln through art selected from the Tarble’s permanent collection.

“Looking At Lincoln” is on view through Aug. 11 in the Tarble’s main galleries in Charleston, Ill.

The newly acquired drawings are by the Illinois artist Charles Turzak. He made the drawings in preparation for the creation of his seminal work from 1933, “Abraham Lincoln — A Biography in Woodcuts.” Turzak’s woodcut images later became known to generations of school students as the illustrations for the book “True Stories About Abraham Lincoln” by Ruth Belov Gross, printed for Scholastic Publishing from 1973 to 1990.

Turzak’s Lincoln biography has also been incorporated into a recent book titled “An Abraham Lincoln Tribute: Featuring Woodcuts by Charles Turzak” from Dover Publications Inc. Copies of the Dover tribute book and some of Turzak’s original woodcut prints are available for purchase in the Tarble Gift Shop.

To print his original books, Turzak carved 36 wood blocks, in public, as a part of the 1933 Century of Progress Chicago World’s Fair. The artist based his woodcut carvings on the preliminary pencil studies now owned by the Tarble Arts Center.

The exhibition also includes other woodcuts from the 1930s by Turzak, including the series titled “The History of Illinois,” plus the 1939 lithograph John Brown by John Steuart Curry, and a collograph from a 1945 drawing of Lincoln by N. C. Wyeth.

There are also selections from the Tarble Arts Center Illinois Folk Arts Collection in the exhibition.

For more information or to arrange a group tour, contact the Tarble Arts Center at 217-581-ARTS (2787) or email The Tarble Arts Center is on Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue.