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Volume 24, Number 1 (Spring 1996)
DOMANSKA FOUNDATION FUNDED
longtime de Grummond contributor Janina Domanska passed away
in 1995, she left a provision in her will for the establishment
of the Janina Domanska Foundation to be administered by the
de Grummond Collection. Her $10,000 bequest will be used to
fund an endowment, and the interest will be used to further
the study of children's book illustration. Detailed guidelines
have not as yet been established.
Domanska was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. Soon after
her graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1939, World
War II began and she was sent to a prison camp. A prominent
Polish doctor recognized her artistic talents and arranged
for her release. After spending the duration of the war living
with the doctor's family, Domanska returned to her home. In
1952, she emigrated to the United States with the aid of the
Rescue Committee for Artists and Writers.
began her work in the United States as a freelance artist
and textile designer. She began illustrating children's books
in 1960 with the publication of The Key to London.
During her lifetime Domanska wrote and/or illustrated more
than forty books, the most famous ones being If All the
Seas Were One (Macmillan, 1971) and King Krakus and
the Dragon (Greenwillow, 1979). Her most recent book,
A Was an Angler, was published by Greenwillow in 1991.