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.
Microfilm rolls 1693-1700 available at Archives of American Art offices; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and through interlibrary loan.
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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, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00043249.1969.10793899?journalCode=rcaj20&, accessed May 26, 2020.
Curlee, Kendall, MacAgy Jermayne Virginia, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmaea, accessed May 26, 2020.
Wikipedia, Jermayne MacAgy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jermayne_MacAgy, accessed May 26, 2020.
Other Finding Aids
AAA online guide at https://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/jermayne-macagy-exhibition-files-7935.
Lent for microfilming 1979 by the Menil Foundation. Originals in the Menil Foundation, Houston, Tex.
Note: The Jermayne MacAgy 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 MacAgy 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 MacAgy papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.
Jermayne MacAgy exhibition files, 1955-1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. https://findingaids.lib.uh.edu/repositories/5/resources/553 Accessed April 18, 2021.
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