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Texas Art Project Microfilm: Blanche McVeigh papers

Identifier: AAA 7969

Correspondence with W. King Ambler, John Taylor Arms, Jerry Bywaters, Doel Reed, James Swann, Maynard Walker, and print and art societies; a career resume and other biographical material; price lists of prints; a scrapbook containing clippings; exhibition catalogs and invitations.


  • 1920-1970


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Biographical / Historical

Blanche McVeigh was an artist, printmaker, and art educator known primarily for her etchings and aquatint work. Born in 1895 in St. Charles, Missouri, McVeigh moved with her family to Fort Worth, TX as a child. Throughout her life, she was an active and influential member of Fort Worth’s community of artists, especially among the Fort Worth Circle. In 1932, McVeigh founded the Fort Worth School of Fine Arts, and the Fort Worth Artists Guild in 1934, with Evaline Sellors. She and a group of fellow women artists founded the Printmakers Guild, later called Texas Printmakers, in 1939. In 1937 she was appointed chair of the Forth Worth Woman's Club Art Department. McVeigh attended the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Arts, the Art Student League of N.Y., and spent 1927 in Europe learning what would become her preferred medium of aquatint. She exhibited widely throughout Texas and elsewhere, including in the Greater Texas & Pan-American Exposition in 1937, the World’s Fair in 1939, the Library of Congress, the Connecticut Museum of Fine Arts, among others, and her etchings of African American culture were particularly popular with collectors. In the 1950’s, her prints were included in a collection presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her first retrospective was held at the Fort Worth Art Association. McVeigh died in 1970 and a large exhibition of her prints was held later that year at the Electra Carlin Gallery.


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Acquisition Information

Loaned by Judy McVeigh Cordell, McVeigh's niece. Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project.

Note: The Blanche McVeigh 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 the MFAH. The University of Houston Libraries and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston are digitizing these 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, these papers will be made available online through UH Libraries and MFAH websites.

Related Materials

The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin holds a collection of 3 aquatints from McVeigh.

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Repository Details

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