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Memorial created 04-29-2006 by
A Friend
Maureen Bridget Cavanaugh
January 7 1955 - April 4 2005


First Public Lecture


Most people by their 16th birthday have had to stand up in class and deliver a report. Maureen and her friend Candy Frisk helped give a lecture on public radio. Barbara M. Kaerwer of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts invited Maureen and Candy to help with her radio art lecture on KUOM Radio. The lecture was broadcast February 25, 1971. The subject was automatist art.

The first female voice is Barbara. The second is Candy. The third voice, which also starts off in French, is Maureen B. Cavanaugh.


The radio program was recorded on a small reel to reel machine with a microphone set next to a radio. The 5 inch reel was discovered in 2007. I could find only one tape machine in the city which hesitantly worked. The program was re-recorded onto a digital format. The original program was about 45 minutes long. Due to limitations of this memorial site it was edited down to 9 minutes and 41 seconds, so much of the discussion by Mrs. Kaerwer and Miss Frisk has been edited out. This also includes much of the art works discussed.



According to Maureen's family there are no other audio recordings.

John Cage
Hans Arp
A typed handout for the talk.

Discovered 45 years after Candice and Maureen gave their talk were these paper artifacts. In them you can see the thought processes that these two remarkable ladies used in putting together their oral report for Student Volunteers and later for the radio broadcast.

Notes by Candice Frisk Page 1
Notes by Candice Frisk Page 2
Notes by Maureen for lecture
Typed outline by Candice Frisk
Script Page 1 (Miss Frisk)
Script Page 2 (Miss Frisk)
Script Page 3 (Miss Frisk)
Notecards by Candice Frisk

Barbara Kaerwer

 Sadly, on March 13, 2016, Mrs. Barbara M. Kaerwer died at the age of 94.  She touched so many lives in her quest to spread her love of art.  She will be fondly remembered by all who got to know this vibrant woman.

Dane Sorensen

April 4, 2016


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