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Alive StillNell Blaine, American Painter$
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Cathy Curtis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908812.001.0001

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Love and Work

Love and Work

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Alive Still

Cathy Curtis

Oxford University Press

In her new elevator-equipped apartment, Nell dedicated herself to regaining her painting skills. She was still very much a part of the art world, included in gallery exhibitions and in a magazine article about successful women artists. However, decades before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was extremely difficult for her to travel around New York to see art and visit friends. An invitation to Yaddo for another stay involved the practical difficulties facing an artist in a wheelchair. On the bright side, Dilys Evans (considered to be an aide) was allowed to stay in her room, despite rules forbidding artists to bring intimates with them. But she had overstayed her visa extension and was obliged to leave the country. Although a well-placed friend had caused a bill to be circulated in Congress stipulating that she be granted permanent residence, the women decided to leave for Europe.

Keywords:   Yaddo, wheelchair, Dilys Evans, Congress, art, painting skills

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