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Jana Vander Lee papers

Identifier: AAA 10383

REELS 2906-2907: Papers, 1979-1981, compiled by Vander Lee, symposium coordinator of "Fiber in the 80's: Current and future issues in the textile arts," held October 3-4, 1980, at the Alfred J. Glassell, Jr. School of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tex. Included are correspondence with participating panelists and grants organizations; artists' resumes; contracts; income and expenditure lists; mailing lists; meeting minutes of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, a sponsor of the symposium; and 3 clippings.

REEL 3362A: Material regarding the exhibition, "American Fiber: A New Aesthetic," including resumes and printed biographical information on the participants; correspondence; checklists; loan agreements; writings including Vander Lee's notes regarding the planning of the exhibition, and her draft for the text of the catalog; printed material; and photographs of the installation.


  • 1979-1984


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3 Microfilm Reels

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Biographical / Historical

Jana Vander Lee (1945- ) was born in Lansing, IL. She studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids MI, but started her career in Houston, TX where she introduced "fiber art" to the art scene.

She stood out as a writer, artist, educator and curator. Her most productive decades were the 70's and 80's. Jana exhibited her works in the most renowned Galleries and Museums in Houston, such as: Diverse Works, Museum of East Texas, Lawndale Arts Center, Blaffer Gallery. Vander Lee had a solo exhibition at Inman Gallery Houston, Tx last year (2019) named "Again and again".

Source: Inman Gallery, Jana Vander Lee,, accessed May 22nd, 2020.

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Acquisition Information

Lent for microfilming 1981 & 1984 by Jana Vander Lee. Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Originals returned to Jana Vander Lee after microfilming.

Note: The Jana Vander Lee Papers were microfilmed for the Texas Art Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Currently the papers can be accessed on microfilm at MFAH. The University of Houston Libraries and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are digitizing the Lee papers as part of a collaborative TexTreasures 2020 grant project through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) with funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).When digitization is complete, the Lee papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

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Repository Details

Part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Art Project Microfilm Repository