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John, Grace Spaulding



Grace Spaulding John (1890-1972) was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. She studied in the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, in the Art Institute of Chicago and in the "Laurelton Hall". Grace was commissioned government funded artwork for public buildings such as "The Pipe of Peace", "Literature", and "The Pioneers" for Houston's Sidney Lanier Middle School. John and a group of women opened the first artist's run Gallery in Houston: "Houston's Artist Gallery" on Main Street. She has several murals in Houston and San Antonio. Her work had two retrospectives in 1988: at The Museum of Art of American West, and at The Rosenberg Library, both in Texas. She had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Los Angeles, and Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her work is collected by the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution and many others. Grace is one of the first artists to use plexiglas as a medium; she also worked with painter in crayon , charcoal, paint and ink.

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Grace Spaulding John papers

Identifier: AAA 9286
Dates: 1890-1972
Scope and Contents Diaries, writings, sketches and drawings, scrapbooks, printed matter and photographs relating to John and her work.Circa 650 pages of undated sketches and notes from travels on the west coast of Mexico, and 24 combination journals and sketchbooks from her travels throughout Europe, Canada, Cuba, Mexico and the United States. Poetry, descriptions of places and people visited, and statements about her work comprise the major portion of the journal entries.Biographical...