Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Pioneering Artist Lois Mailou Jones Dies

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Pioneering Artist Lois Mailou Jones Dies

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lois Mailou Jones. a renown painter whose career spanned more than seven decades and who taught at Howard University for forty-seven years, died of cardiac arrest at her home on June 9 at age 92.

Born in Boston on November 3, 1905, Jones graduated from the city's School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1927. She taught briefly in North Carolina before joining the Howard faculty in 1930, where she taught watercolor painting and design and was given the honor Professor Emeritus at her retirement in 197.

In 1937, she won a fellowship that sent her to Paris for a year. Upon returning to the United States. she continued her teaching career at Howard and displayed her works at exhibitions in Washington, Philadelphia, and Boston.

In 1941. Jones broke the color barrier at Washington's prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art, which had maintained a Whites-only policy. She got around the policy by having a Parisian friend, Celine Tabary, deliver her entry to a Corcoran invitational show. …

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