Loïs Mailou Jones

A Life in Vibrant Color

March 17 through June 10, 2012

On view in the Goldman, Richard, and Rushton Stakely Galleries


This exhibition illuminated the life and work of Loïs Mailou Jones (1905–1994), an African-American artist, illustrator, and educator who produced a substantial oeuvre of colorful paintings while teaching art at Howard University for 47 years.

This exhibition of 55 works surveyed 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. Jones received recognition in her lifetime through exhibitions and representation in important museum collections. Her work remains a substantial contribution to American art.

Above: Photograph of the 2012 installation of the exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.


Organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust and toured by International Art & Artists, Washington, DC.



Support for this exhibition was provided by BB&T Bank with additional support from Linda and Larry Puckett, Laura and Barrie Harmon, and Dr. Marla Wohlman and Mr. John Crews.

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