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Madeline O’Connor papers

Identifier: AAA 10099

Biographical information, newspaper clippings, and 50 photographs of O'Connor's work.


  • 1972-1984


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Microfilm reel 3431 is available for use at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Hirsch Library, the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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Biographical / Historical

Born in 1931, South Texas painter, Madeline O’Connor, was known for her minimalist precision and abiding interest in nature. Throughout her career, O’Connor had 26 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States, as well as participating in over 45 group exhibitions. Her work "Purple Gallinule" was exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, along with the work of 11 other women artists. In addition to being a dedicated artist and painter, O’Connor was a known conservationist and naturalist, and often drew inspiration from Texas landscapes including the area around her childhood home in Refugio, TX. Both her “Purple Gallinule Series” and “Ibis Series” demonstrate and were inspired by O’Connor’s concern for birds whose numbers are in decline. Her works are collected in the renowned, minimalist Giuseppi Panza collection in Milan, Italy, and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. O’Connor was also one of 12 women chosen to be part of the “Texas Women” art exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and 50 photographs of her artwork are held in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.


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Acquisition Information

Donated in 1984 by Madeline O'Connor as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. [From Smithsonian AAA]

Note: The Madeline O’Connor 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.

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Repository Details

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