The Law Library is pleased to announce the 17th annual University of Virginia Law Library Art Show, “The Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove.” The opening reception for the exhibit was Thursday, September 4.
This year’s featured artist, Ida Libby Dengrove (1919-2005), was an Emmy award-winning courtroom sketch artist for WNBC-TV in New York City during the 1970s and 80s. Cameras in courtrooms were strictly prohibited then, and the only visual representations of inside-the-court events available to news media were the renderings of sketch artists. Dengrove’s masterful drawings brought viewing audiences closer to the newsworthy trials of the day, including those of Mark David Chapman, John Hinckley, the “Son of Sam,” John Gotti, the Mayflower Madame, the Quinlans, Mafia dons, and many others. The art show features 118 sketches documenting 60 trials, while our online exhibit features nearly 6,000 digital images rendered from Dengrove’s works. We are grateful to the Dengrove family for the generous gift of this collection, which will remain on display in the Arthur J. Morris Law Library through May 2015.
– Amy Wharton