Charlotte Partridge (1882-1975) and Miriam Frink (1892-1978)
In 2017, Levine learned about Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink while doing peripheral research for a regional exhibition she was assisting with and became immediately inspired by their combined roles as founders and co-directors of the Layton School of Art, involvement with the Wisconsin WPA, numerous community organizations, and their domestic relationship of over 50-years. Their history is a primarily untold story with Wisconsin milestones and many contradictions.
With a goal of further establishing their undervalued roles, she has spent hundreds of hours with their papers housed at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries’ Archives Department. The result will be a new book exploring their history and personal correspondence published by OK Stamp Press in 2024 and a related exhibition at Lynden Sculpture Garden in 2025.
Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink, circa 1920
Courtesy of the Charlotte Russell Partridge and Miriam Frink Papers, 1862-1980. Housed at the University of Wisconsin Libraries' Archives Department.