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MacAgy, Jermayne, 1914-1964



Jermayne MacAgy (1914-1964) was born in Cleveland, Ohio where she gained her PhD at Western Reserve University.

Jermayne started her career at The Cleveland Museum of Art in the Education Department. MacAgy worked at The California Palace of the Legion of Honor for 14 years where she focused on educational outreach and started a City Funded Program where museum educators could give side lectures and installed mini displays in schools nearby.

From 1955 to 1959 she was the director of the Contemporary Arts Association where she organized twenty nine exhibitions.

MacAgy mounted her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Cullinan Hall

In 1959 she started the Art Department at The University of St. Thomas with the help of her mentor Dominique de Menil who succeeded her as the head of the department after her death.

Sources: Taylor & Francis online, Jermayne MacAgy: An Exhibition and a Tribute,, accessed May 26, 2020.

Curlee, Kendall, MacAgy Jermayne Virginia,, accessed May 26, 2020.

Wikipedia, Jermayne MacAgy,, accessed May 26, 2020.

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Jermayne MacAgy exhibition files

Identifier: AAA 7935
Dates: 1955-1964
Scope and Contents

Exhibition files containing correspondence, lender's forms, receipts, catalogs, invitations, photographs of artwork, and installation photographs, for exhibitions MacAgy directed at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the University of St. Thomas, Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Also included are four albums of installation photographs.