Mary Loeffler (painting)

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Artist: Mary Loeffler

Year: 2003

Date of Action: May 2013

Region: North America

Location: Arlington Heights, IL

Subject: Nudity

Medium: Painting

Confronting Bodies: Principal Dottie Sievert at Wheeling High School

Description of Artwork: 17 year old Mary Loeffler painted a life size work with a naked left breast.

The Incident: The principal of the high school deemed the painting disruptive to the learning environment and ordered the painting to be removed from the school lobby. The painting was subsequently re-displayed with a piece of fluorescent paper covering the breast.

Results of Incident: Students were outraged by the school's censorship of their pier's art and protested in a number of capacities. The National Coalition Against Censorship got involved in the case, releasing statements saying that the covering of the work made it obscene.


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