Olive Jensen Theisen holds a Ph.D. in art education from the University of Minnesota and has taught art at Texas Tech, the University of North Texas, and other institutions. Theisen was awarded the Minnie Stevens Piper professorship in Art Education in 1991. Her Murals of John Thomas Biggers, American Muralist for the Hampton University Museum is considered the definitive book on the subject. She lives in Little Elm, Texas.

“Dr. Theisen has unequalled access to Dr. Biggers’ widow, as well as many of his friends and family.  This unprecedented access gives the book a completeness and readability that sets it apart from other literature about the artist and gives the reader a sense of the character of the man as well as of his art.  Its charm and readability will appeal to a wide range of readers.”
- R. William McCarter, Regents Professor Art, University of North Texas

A Life on Paper should be considered one of the most significant documents about John Thomas Biggers.  Writing in an engaging language, Theisen clearly records Biggers’s committed vision, challenge, ability and sensitivity at expressing the emotions and conditions of Africans and African Americans within the boundaries of drawing and lithography.”
- Phillip Collins, Chief Curator, African American Museum/Dallas

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