Larger image, Thomas Vreeland Jones, Painted by Loïs in 1991
1905 November 3. Loïs Mailou Jones born in Boston, MA, to Thomas Vreeland Jones and Carolyn Dorinda Adams Jones. She joins brother John Wesley, nine years older.
1906. Loïs begins spending summers on Martha's Vineyard where her grandmother, Phoebe Moseley Adams Ballou, was a housekeeper and nanny, and her mother operated a beauty parlor. She remembers being encouraged to draw there at age 3. Her neighbor and life-long friend was Dorothy West, Harlem Renaissance writer.
1915 May 26. Loïs' father becomes one of the first African Americans to graduate from Suffolk Law School after years of night classes. She credited much of her drive to succeed to her father. He saw Loïs' early success before he died in 1934.
Larger image, One of Loïs' early mentors, composer Harry T. Burleigh.
1919-1923. Loïs attends the High School of Practical Arts in Boston and wins annual scholarships to take classes at the Museum of Fine Arts after school and on Saturday. She worked with costume designer Grace Ripley to make costumes and masks for the theater.
1923 Summer. Loïs has her first solo exhibition in Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard. Her mentors on the island include sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) and composer Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949).
Larger image, Zora Neale Hurston, Painted by Loïs
1923. Harlem Renaissance is taking shape.
1923-1927. Studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, receives the Susan Minot Lane Scholarship in Design each year.
1926-1927. Takes evening classes at the Boston Normal Art School (now the Massachusetts College of Art).
1926 March 15. Wins $50 prize for best original design for a dress of rayon, a new artificial silk fabric, in a contest sponsored by the upscale Boston department store, Shepards and the Ryan Institute of America. Value today, approximately $600.
1927. Receives the Nathaniel Thayer prize for excellence in design and graduates with honors from the SMFA. Receives certificate from the Boston Normal Art School.
1927-1928. Studies with Ludwig Frank at the Designers Art School of Boston on scholarship. Begins career as a freelance textile designer for F.A. Foster Company, Boston and Schumacher Company, New York.
Larger image, Loïs Mailou Jones, Textile Designer
Larger image, Loïs Mailou Jones, Textile Designer
1928 Summer. Gives up plans to move to New York City to design textiles when told by a decorator, "How could you have designed that? You're a colored girl."
1928. Hired by Charlotte Hawkins Brown to begin an art department at Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina, a prep school for African American youth.
1929 August. Holds solo exhibit at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard. Filene's Department Store has special showing of her scarf designs.
1930 Spring. Invites James Vernon Herring, chairman of the Howard University Art Department, to Palmer Memorial Institute to see an exhibit of her students' work. He offers her a teaching position at Howard, and Brown releases her from her Palmer contract.
1930 August. Loïs joins James A. Porter and James L. Wells in the Art Department of Howard University in Washington, D.C. as an instructor of design. She retires as professor emerita in May 1977.
Larger image, Loïs at Howard University
1930. Wins honorable mention at Harmon Foundation Exhibition with charcoal of one of her Palmer students. (Negro Youth, 1929)
Larger image, Loïs with Carter Woodson Portrait
1931. Begins illustrating for Dr. Carter G. Woodson's Journal of Negro History. Woodson founded Negro History Week in February 1926.
1931 February 16-28. Exhibits in Work of Negro Artists presented by the Harmon Foundation.
Larger image, Oil Painting, Ascent of Ethiopia, 1932
1932. Completes Ascent of Ethiopia, 1932 (oil on canvas, 23 1/4 x 17 1/4 in, owned by the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is shown a year later in a Harmon Foundation art of the Harlem Renaissance exhibit.
1932. Produces plays and dramatic presentations with Gertrude Parthenia McBrown, writer for Carter Woodson's Journal of Negro History. March 3, Benefit Concert. April 16, The Silver Cord. May 5, "All State Night." May 14, "The Bronze Mask."
1934 Summer. Studies mask making in various cultures at Columbia University. Designs masks and costumes for Harlem dance group. Dates Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël, Haitian graphic artist.
1935 January. Holds solo exhibition in Virginia at Hampton University Founder's Day.
1935. Publishes 36 illustrations in The Picture Poetry Book by Gertrude Parthenia McBrown. Exhibits work with the Harmon Foundation.
1936 September-October. Joint exhibition with colleague James Wells at Washington, D.C. public library.
1937 February. Solo exhibition at Howard University Gallery of art sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Larger image, Émile Bernard
1937 September. Receives General Education Board fellowship to study in Paris at the Academie Julian for her Howard University sabbatical. Sailed on the SS Normandie from New York. Mary Beattie Brady, director of the Harmon Foundation, advised her to take her sketch book everywhere and she sketched on the voyage.
Loïs befriends painters Albert Alexander Smith (1896-1940), American expatriate and Émile Bernard (1868-1941) French painter and founder of French Symbolism, and colleague of Gauguin and Van Gogh, and dancer Josephine Baker (1906-1975). Her classmate Céline Tabary becomes a close friend and roommate.
Larger image, Langston Hughes
1938. Completes Parisian Beggar Woman, with poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967) supplying the text.
Larger image, Oil Painting, Chou-Fleur et Citrouille, Paris, 1938
Completes Chou-Fleur et Citrouille, Paris, 1938 (oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 1/2, owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York)
Larger image, Les Fetiches, 1938
Completes Les Fétiches, 1938 (oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC)
1938 April. Les Pommes Vertes and La Cuisine dans L'Atelier de l'Artiste, Paris are chosen to be shown at the Société des Artistes Français in Paris.
Larger image, Loïs in Her Studio
1938 May. Loïs has filled the walls of her studio at 23 rue Campagne Première with her Paris artwork. Albert Smith compliments her and asks her to stay in touch after she returns to America and makes suggestions on what to paint in Italy.
1938. Loïs completes 30 illustrations for Carter G. Woodson's book African Heroes and Heroines.
1938 Summer. Study and travel in Italy on extended General Education Board fellowship.
1938 September. Returns to teach at Howard University.
Larger image, Dans un Cafe à Paris (Leigh Whipper) 1939
1939 January 21. Loïs receives a letter from Émile Bernard. "Charming Friend...You are a remarkably gifted artist and I hope that you will have the power to fully mature and achieve your own style without letting yourself be influenced by "fashion"....I have but one bit of advice to give you: Continue always in your own path, that is the only way to perfect one's work...."
1939 Winter. Paints Academy Award nominee Leigh Whipper (1876-1975), posing him as if he's in a Paris cafe. Dans un Café à Paris (Leigh Whipper) 1939 (oil on canvas, collection of E. Thomas Williams Jr. and Audlyn Higgins Williams). On May 22, 2009, The Wall Street Journal quoted, "Mr. Williams, a retired banker and real estate investor, strolled through his Manhattan apartment and stopped in front of the jewel of his collection, a smoky-hued portrait of a man in a fedora (Leigh Whipper) by Loïs Mailou Jones. The painting is appraised at $150,000.00, but he says he would happily donate it to the White House permanent collection." Loïs considered it one of her best works and it was later shown in a Paris exhibit. Whipper was a friend of Jacob Lawrence and told her in a letter that Jake was carried away with her comment about his work. Whipper was a graduate of Howard Law School but preferred acting. He wrote in her guest book: "To the #1 Negro artist (Loïs Jones) who will some day be America's #1 artist."
1939 February. Holds solo exhibition at Vose Galleries in Boston. Reviews are positive ("leading Negro artist"). Completes mural for Howard University.
Larger image, Céline Tabary
Larger image, Indian Shops Gay Head, Massachusetts
1940. Completes Indian Shops Gay Head, Massachusetts (oil on canvas, 21 x 25 3/4 in., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gift of the Artist.) Loïs has her friend Céline Tabary enter it in the Corcoran Gallery annual show in 1941 because African American artists were excluded. It wins the Robert Woods Bliss Award, and Loïs has the award mailed to her.
1940 July 4-September 2. Included in Art of the American Negro (1851-1940), Chicago exhibition at Tanner Galleries and National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
Larger image, Life Portrait of Madame Lillian Evanti as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville", 1940
1940 Fall. Loïs paints her friend, opera singer Madame Lillian Evanti (1890-1967), in her costume as Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Loïs said she had worked on it for three weeks with a palette knife and one day while Lillian posed, the opera came on over the radio and Lillian began to sing, her eyes sparkling. Life Portrait of Madame Lillian Evanti as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville", 1940 (oil on canvas, 42 x 32 in, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Max Robinson).
1941. Wins prize in Corcoran Gallery show for Indian Shops Gay Head, Massachusetts (oil on canvas, 21 x 25 3/4 in, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of the Artist). Exhibits work at Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. and Seattle Museum of Art.
1942. Exhibits work at National Academy of Design, New York. (also in 1944, 1960, 1964 and 1969)
Larger image, Portrait of Carolyn Jones by Céline Tabary
1942. Céline Tabary paints Loïs' mother Carolyn and dog Miquette and gives her the picture at Christmas. "xmas, 1942, to my dear mama Jones with much love—May the gate of joy, peace and happiness be open to you throughout the year - Yours Céline." Loïs' mother was famous for her hats.
1944. At the urging of Alain Locke to paint more on the black subject, she completes Mob Victim (Meditation), using a homeless man she met on the street as the subject of a lynching. He tells her he has witnessed a lynching in the south. She paints him several more times.
1944. Holds solo exhibition at the Barnett Aden Gallery in Washington, D.C., the first gallery in this segregated city to feature African American art. Also in 1946 and afterward.
Larger image, Loïs with the National Council of Negro Women
1945. Loïs and Céline Tabary teach art classes in Loïs's Washington studio which becomes known as "Little Paris." The adult group includes Alma Thomas in 1946. They spend the summer painting in France.
1945. Receives A.B. degree in art education from Howard University, magna cum laude.
1946. Loïs is one of 12 women to win the Women of 1946 award from the National Council of Negro Women, presented by president Mary McLeod Bethune.
1947. Artist and sculptor Pietro Lazzari autographs one of his works for her. He had a studio in Washington during the 1940's and was a major influence.
1948. Solo exhibitions at the Whyte Gallery and Howard University Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Larger image, Ville d'Houdain Pas-de-Calais, France
Larger image, Petite Ville en Hautes-Pyrenées
1940s and 1950s. Returns to France to paint in northern and southern France. Her landscapes win prizes. Receives John Hope Prize for landscape for Ville d'Houdain, Pas-de-Calais, France at Atlanta University exhibition. Receives award for Petite Ville en hautes-Pyrenées from Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Larger image, Houdain, Pas-de-Calais, France
1951. Loïs often returned to France and stayed at Céline's family home in Cabris while they both painted. In 1951, Loïs completed this bold landscape of a favorite scene which was acquired by Drs. Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. (Bill Cosby).
1951. Exhibits work at Corcoran Gallery of Art Biennial Exhibition, Washington, D.C. Also in 1953 and 1955.
1952. Loïs Mailou Jones: Peintures 1937-1951, published in Paris, a book of more than one hundred reproductions of her French paintings.
Larger image, Loïs and Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noel
1953 August 8. Loïs marries Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël, award winning Haitian graphic artist in Cabris, France, Céline's home town. She calls him Pierre and he calls her Mailou. Initially, his aristocratic family worried about him marrying an American and her family worried about her marrying a Haitian.
1953. Receives oil painting award for Coin de la Place Maubert, Paris from Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Larger image, Peasant Girl, Haiti 1954
1954. Teaches and paints in Haiti. Loïs and Pierre spend their first summer together in Haiti. She teaches at the Centre d'Art and paints the people and landscape at the request of President Paul E. Magloire. Completes Peasant Girl, Haiti 1954 (oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 21 in. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Fund).
Larger image, Madame Paul Magloire, Wife of the President
Larger image, President Paul E. Magloire of Haiti
1954 September 17. Haiti honors Loïs with the Diplôme et Décoration de l'Ordre National "Honneur et Mérite au Grade de Chevalier" for outstanding achievements in art. Her work is energized with bright colors and reflects the life of the people and their beliefs. Holds a solo exhibition there.
1955 January. Loïs' lifesize portraits of Haitian president Paul Magloire and his wife are featured at a reception and solo exhibition of her Haitian works at the Pan American Union Building in Washington, D.C. during their state visit as guests of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Vice-President Richard Nixon and his wife returned the visit in March.
1956-1962. Loïs and Pierre travel to Haiti and France during the summer.
Larger image, Nature Mort aux Géraniums, 1957
1957. This oil on canvas (Nature Mort aux Géraniums, 1957) was painted in France and collected by Drs. Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. (Bill Cosby).
1958. Receives award for design of publication Voici Haiti.
1960. Receives watercolor First Award for Voodoo Worshippers, Haiti from Atlanta University. Receives oil painting First Award from National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C. for Fishing Smacks, Menemsha, Massachusetts.
1961. Solo exhibition, Galerie International, New York, New York.
1962 July 12-August 20. Leads 27 students in first Howard University student tour of France. All students receive certificates. Lois Receives certificate from the Académie de la Grand Chaumière, Paris.
1963 Summer. Travels and paints in 6 European countries. Exhibition at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Larger image, Loïs Painting in Haiti and France
1964-1966 Summer. Paints in Haiti and France.
1965 Summer. Leads Howard University faculty-student tour of Europe.
1966 February. Solo exhibition at Galerie Soulanges, Paris. Exhibits work at Société des Artistes Français, Grand-Palais, France.
1967 Summer. Leads five week "Around the World" tour for Howard University alumni.
1967. Solo exhibition, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
1968 Summer. Documents work and interviews contemporary Haitian artists for a Howard University "The Black Visual Arts" research grant.
1968. Solo exhibitions at Galerie International, New York, Smith Mason Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and Association for the Presentation and Preservation of the Arts, Inc, Washington, D.C.
1968 November. Loïs and Pierre are featured in Ebony magazine.
1968-1976. Exhibits work annually at The Art Club, Washington, D.C.
1969-1970. Continues research grant work, studies African American artists. Travels to 11 African nations on a second "The Black Visual Arts" grant. Meets contemporary artists and takes slides of their work, and presents lectures in Africa and the US.
1970 November. Her research report, Contemporary African Art, is published by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in Washington, D.C.
1971 September 30. Completes "The Black Visual Arts" research project. Over 1000 slides and boxes of material are given to Howard University archives.
Larger image, Ode to Kinshasa, 1972
Larger image, Ubi Girl from Tai Region 1972
1972 March-April. Solo exhibition at Howard University Gallery of Art 40 Years of Painting.
1972 Summer. Travels and paints in Africa and France. Completes Ode to Kinshasa, 1972 (mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 in. Gift of the Artist. National Museum of Women and the Arts). President and Mrs. Obama are patrons of the National Museum of Women and the Arts. Completes Ubi Girl from Tai Region 1972 (acrylic on canvas, 43 3/4 x 60 in., Boston Museum of fine Arts).
Larger image, President Léopold Sédar Senghor
1973-1974. Receives Howard University research grant for study "Women Artists of the Caribbean and Afro-American Artists." Solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., and Massachusetts College of Art.
1975. Receives Howard University's Fine Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
1976 Summer. Travels to Haiti to report on current art scene.
1976 October. Travels and paints in Senegal as Howard University's representative to International Colloquium on Culture and Development. Paints President Léopold Sédar Senghor.
Larger image, Founders Commemorative Window, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University
1977. Commissioned by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to design Founders Commemorative Window, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University.
1977. Guest artist at FESTAC, Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture in Nigeria. Exhibits Moon Masque. 1977 May. Retires from Howard University as professor emerita.
1977 Summer. Loïs and Pierre sketch in Holland at the Rembrandt and Van Gogh museums.
Larger image, Loïs Receiving the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts
1978. Receives Award of Appreciation from the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Washington, D.C.
1979. Holds solo exhibition, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
1980. One of ten artists given Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
1981. Receives honorary doctorate in humane letters, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.
1982 April 27. Husband Pierre passes in Washington, D.C.
1983 May 16. Washington, D.C. television reporter Max Robinson purchases Leigh Whipper and arranges for Madame Lillian Evanti to go to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and Chou-Fleur et Citrouille, Paris to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It takes almost six years to complete the acquisitions.
1983. Abiyi Ford presents her film Loïs Mailou Jones: Fifty Years of Painting at Howard University.
Larger image, Loïs Receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Howard University
1983 Summer. Paints and exhibits work in Martha's Vineyard.
1987 May. Receives honorary doctorate in humane letters, Howard University with First Lady, Barbara Bush, and Camille Cosby.
1988. Commissioned to design 366th World War II Infantry Regiment commemorative window, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University.
1989 May. Travels to France to visit Céline and completes 8 paintings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist style, including large en plein air landscapes. It was her favorite style at the time she first went to France fifty years earlier and she said she had come "full circle."
Larger image, La Route à Spéracédès, 1989, acrylic
Larger image, Cabris, Alpes-Maritimes, France 1989
Larger image, Le Grange du Château de Cabris, 1989, acrylic on canvas
Larger image, Nature Morte aux Melon, 1989, acrylic on canvas
1989 Summer. Paints at Edgartown studio, Martha's Vineyard.
1989 November. Meets President and Mrs. Jacques Chirac of France at a reception arranged by the U.S. State Department in New York City and presents them with Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1938.
Larger image, A collage of images from The World of Loïs Mailou Jones including (from the top left side, Wendy, 1967 watercolor, Bebella, 1937 oil, Letitia and Patrick, 1964 oil, Dr. René Girard de Avignon, 1947 oil, Le Model, 1938 oil, Kuo Hu and Huo Kiang, 1949, oil.
1989 November 3. Loïs has a heart attack and heart bypass surgery ten days later.
1990 January - August 1996. Solo retrospective The World of Loïs Mailou Jones travels the country with 17 exhibits. She speaks at a reception at each location.
1991 October 26 and 27. Visiting professor at Harvard and Radcliffe, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1991 November 2 - January 3, 1993. Danny Glover's Bomani Art Gallery in San Francisco held a solo exhibition called The Art of Loïs Mailou Jones featuring a representation of her contemporary work.
1992 October. The Ascent of Ethiopia is chosen as cover art for new Harvard University Press book To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature.
Larger image, Loïs with President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton
1993 August. President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton meet Loïs at the Granary Gallery on Martha's Vineyard and select Breezy Day at Gay Head for the White House.
1994. The Life and Art of Loïs Mailou Jones, written by former student Dr. Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, is published.
1994 November 3. Corcoran Gallery birthday party for Loïs during The World of Loïs Mailou Jones exhibit and a public apology for previous prejudicial policies.
Larger image, Cry the Beloved Country, poster for the movie with James Earl Jones and Richard Harris
1995 September. Designs poster for Cry, the Beloved Country with James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. The original art is given to Nelson Mandela.
1997 April. Loïs arranges for Pierre's work to be donated to the National Postal Museum.
1997. Les Fétiches and The Ascent of Ethiopia are shown in an international exhibit Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance.
1998 June 9. Loïs passes in Washington, D.C. June 20, buried in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA.
1998 Fall. Howard University holds special exhibit Remembering Loïs.
Larger image, A sampling of Loïs' textile designs from the show
2005 February. Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust establishes scholarship in her name at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts and a scholarship fund at the Howard University Department of Fine Arts.
2006 April-September. Indian Shops, Gay Head, Massachusetts on exhibit with Painting Summer in New England at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
2006 September 15- October 15. Solo exhibit at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts — Loïs Mailou Jones: The Early Works: Paintings and Patterns 1927-1937.
2006 Winter. Loïs's Mary McLeod Bethune image chosen for cover of winter-spring edition of Black History Bulletin introducing new format. Publisher's statement says "...The logo illustration is by Loïs Mailou Jones, renowned artist, contemporary of Carter G. Woodson, and a stalwart member of the ASALH. In depicting Ms. Bethune teaching black youth, it signifies the mission of ASALH in general and of the Bulletin in particular...."
2007 January-March. Early Works exhibition at The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African America Culture and History.
Larger image, Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Color
image, A Look Inside the Book
2007. Dr. Chris Chapman publishes Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Color. The book includes never before seen work and biographies and images of Loïs's contemporaries and African American historical figures which she drew in preparation for the book.
2008. Early Works exhibition at
American Museum in Philadelphia, February; Delta
Fine Arts Center, Winston Salem NC, July;-With presentation
by Dr. Barry Gaither and Dr. Cheryl Finley, Featherstone
Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts,
September; -With presentation by Dr. Barry Gaither, Brenau
University Galleries, Gainesville, Georgia, October.
2009. Dr. Chapman and Mr. Jones
sign a contract with Pomegranate to publish six of Loïs's
paintings to be sold during the exhibition at the Mint Museum:
Floral Bouquet, Bouquet, Edgartown Beach, Ville d'Houdain,
Sedalia and Paris Rooftops.
2009. Dr. Chapman and Mr. Jones
sign a second contract with Pomegranate to publish three of
Loïs's cretonnes to be sold for Trust resources: Design
for Cretonne 10, 15 and 30.
2009 November-March 2012. Loïs
Mailou Jones: a life in vibrant color solo retrospective
exhibit begins at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina,
and continues at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida
and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington,
D.C. See exhibitions
page for complete schedule. The exhibition includes a
published color catalogue, introduction written by Dr. Chapman.
2010. Cabris cretonne used for
the cover of Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to use Les Fetiches (1938) and Challenge
America (1969) in African American Literature Units
1 & 2 (Detroit Early Edition).
Blackwell Publishing to use Jeanne, Martiniquaise on front
cover of Jarrett/Companion to African American Literature.
2010 September 29. Loïs is honored
as an Innovative Trailblazer by Honorable Charles B. Rangel of New
York In The House of Representatives on Wednesday, September 29,
2010 and a notice is put into the Congressional Record.
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2010 October 3. "For
pioneering African American painter Loïs Mailou Jones, a retrospective"
feature article published in the Sunday museum section of the Washington
2010 November 3. The Howard University
Gallery of Art and the Department of Art present Remembering
Loïs: a birthday celebration in collaboration with Loïs
Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color at the National Museum of
Women in the Arts. Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, Director, Gallery
of Art, Moderator.
2010 November 4.
Cynthia Gordy in her essence.com blog writes about the "amazing
art exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. ESSENCE
was one of several co-sponsors for the museum's latest, ' Loïs
Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color,' the first major retrospective
showing the work of the late Loïs Mailou Jones, an iconic Washington
artist and longtime art professor at Howard University." "...a dazzling
2011 February. Loïs's oil painting Turnell's
Flying Horses of the Oak Bluffs Carousel will be included
and discussed in Dorothy West's Paradise: a biography of class
and color by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
to be published in Fall 2011 by Rutgers University Press.
2011 February. The Smithsonian Institution
Traveling Exhibition Service will include Loïs's oil painting
Tulips 1938 in the exhibition catalog to be published
by the University of Washington Press for the Fall 2011 exhibition
William H. Johnson: An American Modern.
2011 February.National Museum of Women in the
Arts magazine Winter Spring 2011 issue includes photos from
the Washington D.C. exhibition reception of Loïs Mailou
Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color.
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2011 February. A newly published book, Corcoran Gallery
of Art: American Paintings to 1945 includes Indian
Shops, Gay Head, Massachusetts with this background information:
it had been denied entry in the original exhibit, won first prize
for landscape under Celine Tabary's name, the Corcoran officially
apologized to Loïs, and that she donated it to the museum.
2011 April. HBO requests permission to use Loïs's collage,
Vévé Voudou III in an upcoming episode of TREME,
the popular television series about post-Katrina New Orleans which
has been renewed for a third season.
2011 June. Loïs M. Jones Scholarship Fund at
Howard University awarded $44,000 to eight art students during the
2011 Fall. The Southern Quarterly, a Journal of Arts in the South, Volume 49, No. 1 -- African American Identities included Loïs as featured artist, an interview with Chris Chapman called Full Circle, an article by Cheryl Finley, and Negro Youth, 1929 on the cover.
2011 December.The Trust donates Babelle, Paris, 1937
to the Contemporary Art Collection of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C.
2011 December.Museum of Fine Arts Boston notifies the Trust
that an exhibition of Loïs's work will be held in the Shapiro
Gallery of the new Art of the Americas wing from January 2013 to
2012 February. ABC-CLIO will add Les Fetiches and
Peasant Girl, Haiti to the Art Resource image Database for
secondary school students.
2012 April. Loïs's portrait by Céline Tabary , Portrait of the Artist, Loïs Mailou Jones, Paris, ca.1938. oil on canvas, 40 x 35 in. Collection of Chris Chapman, M.D., Trustee of Loïs Mailou Jones Estate, Washington, D.C., is discussed in the exhibition catalog of Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit, an exhibition at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "A circa 1938 portrait study of Jones evoked the sense of self-assurance and personal freedom that both Tanner and Paris signified. Jones's portrait openly flaunts its loose brushwork and rough outlines as only an uninhibited study can, channeling Picasso's famous 1906 portrait of a contemplative Gertrude Stein but by way of an attractive and thoroughly modern femme du couleur," p. 60. Download or view
Modern Spirit Exhibition catalog cover and Portrait of the Artist, Loïs Mailou Jones by Céline Tabary.
2012 April. Loïs's painting Ubi Girl from Tai Region,
1972 will be included in a new book published by Bedford/St.
Martin's Press, Freedom on My Mind: An African American History
with Documents, by Deborah Gray White, Mia Bay,
and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. The image will also be included in the Chapter 13 timeline. The college textbook will be available in 3 print versions and an online version.
2012 May. Three of Loïs's works which were donated
to the Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Self-Portrait, Initiation,
Liberia, and Moon Masque, are featured in the exhibition
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and
Beyond on view from April 27 to September 3, 2012. Senior Curator
Virginia M. Mecklenburg notified Dr. Chapman and sent a copy of
the exhibition catalog. Exhibition website with Touring Schedule . Read/hear the review "Colorful Visions at African-American Art Exhibit"
by Susan Stamberg on the web at www.npr.org
2012 May 7. Japanese Waterfall by Loïs M. Jones,
part of the Trust's 2005 gift to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston,
is featured in the exhibit "The Allure of Japan" in the
2012 May 24. The Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,in connection with the University of Nebraska Press, requests copyright permission to publish Fille Assise Avec Chat, 1938 for the 2013 publication, Master Paintings from the Sheldon Museum of Art,
a catalog which will show 125 objects to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the University art collection.
2012 June. The upcoming issue of International Review
of African American Art is a special issue featuring profiles
of collectors, including Sanford and Diane Cloud of Farmington, CT, who own a painting by Loïs. Sanford and Diane met as students at Howard University in the 1960's and were befriended by the artist. In the article, the Clouds discuss their collecting experiences
and support of artists. One of the images they provided to illustrate the article was Luly, Haiti, 1985 watercolor by Loïs
from their collection.
2012 June. Author Lindsay Twa, of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, requested copyright permission to include Peasant Girl, Haiti, 1954 (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Fund) in her Fall 2013 book Visualizing Haiti in U.S. Culture, 1910-1950 to be published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Read/Download the copyright request.
2012 July. Loïs has 6 works in the exhibit ENDURING LEGACIES: 7 Black Artists at the Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA. The exhibit, a group exhibition of 7 Artists who continue to leave their mark on African American art and have collectively produced a rich cache of important works runs from July 1 to August 31, with an Artists Reception on July 7. Also shown are works by Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Dempsey, James Denmark, David Driskell, Richard Mayhew and Charly Palmer. Dr. Chris Chapman, Executive Trustee, signed the agreement for the exhibition and sale on 8 April, 2012.
2012 July. The Mint Museum annual report for 2010-2011, METAMORPHOSIS Accession Highlights contains a full page image of Babella, Paris 1937 Gift 2011.17.
Larger Image Maiden Spirit Masque
||2012 July. A note from William Schroff with pictures of his two Haitian paintings, not previously catalogued. He wrote -I am not sure of the exact year Loïs and I met in Bangkok but it was likely '82 or '83 and we stayed in touch on my annual
visits to Virginia until she died. She personally autographed the Life and
Art of Loïs Mailou Jones for me.|
the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust for information
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