Farnsworth Associate Curator Jane Bianco will present a program on Vera Bock, a WPA artist who lived in Lincolnville, Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

The illustrated program, co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library, will be held in the Community Room of the library, 80 Union St. Following the talk, attendees will adjourn to the historical society museum for conversation and refreshments.

Bock was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1905. At the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, Bock’s family emigrated to the United States. Her father was an American banker, and her mother was a concert pianist. Bock studied art in Europe and, in the early 1920s, she began illustrating children’s books.

During the Great Depression, Bock worked for the Federal Art Project, designing posters for the New York City poster division. The Federal Arts Project, part of the Works Progresst Administration, put unemployed artists to work painting murals, sculpting, designing furniture, teaching art and printing posters. The strong, simple, Art Deco posters advertised art exhibits and theater performances and promoted positive social ideals like travel, exercise, attending community events and educational programs, writing letters and saving trees.

Bock continued to illustrate children’s books and worked as an illustrator for Life and Coronet magazines. She retired to Lincolnville.

Bianco is an accomplished artist herself with a strong interest in 19th- and 20th-century American art. While overseeing the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olsen House as the Farnsworth Sites Manager, Bianco has curated exhibits of the works of Marguerite Zorach, Jonathan Fisher, Winslow Homer, John Marin and George Bellows; and exhibits of lithographs, engravings, photographs and folk art.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.