Art: Ladies' Day

When the judges in the 57th annual exhibition of Chicago artists added up the prizes they had awarded this year, they made a surprising discovery: the women had run off with all the top painting honors of the show. Women artists won the three main awards for painting, took nine of the exhibition's total of 18 prizes. Last week Chicagoans were flocking in at the rate of 1,000 daily to see the prizewinning works.

Margo Hoff, a handsome, grey-haired woman in her late 30s, took the show's grand prize of $1,000 (and a medal) for...

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