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Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color

April 19th, 2013 - July 27th, 2013


Born in Boston in 1905 and trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Loïs Mailou Jones began her career at a time when racial prejudices and gender discrimination were strong in American culture. This exhibition surveys the vast sweep of Jones’s seventy-five years as a painter stretching from late Post-Impressionism to a contemporary mixture of African, Caribbean, American and African-American iconography, design and thematic elements. She was a noted educator, having taught painting and related subjects at Howard University for 47 years. Among her illustrious students are David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett and Robert Freeman. Jones received recognition in her lifetime through exhibitions and representation in important museum collections and her work remains a substantial and remarkable contribution to the world of American art.


Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color is organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The exhibition is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.