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Gordon Kelly papers, 1942-1988

Creator:
Kelly, Gordon, 1924-
Subject:
Miller, Kenneth Hayes
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
0.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Correspondence (1947-1985), contracts (1949-1951), writings, 2 sketches, printed material (1942-1988) and 4 photographs documenting Kelly's collaboration with Kenneth Hayes Miller, involvement with the Art Students League and theories on Christian art.
Correspondence (1947-1985) consisting mainly of letters from Kenneth Hayes Miller concerning Miller's manuscript, "The Third Dimension of Painting," letters (1948-1968) concerning the activities of the Art Students League, and 50 letters (1953-1985) concerning Christian art. The three contracts concern teaching at the Art Students League (1949-1951). Writings include an unpublished manuscript by Kelly about Miller's theories; an edited typescript of Miller's lecture "The Third Dimension in Painting" and five typescripts explicating Kelly's theories about Christian art: "Aesthetics: A Christocentric View," "Art Renewed: A Vision of Christian Art," "Art and Conscience in Pluralism," "The Artist with Theological Presuppositions," and "Art, Christianity and Culture."
Printed material consists of clippings (1948-1966), eight exhibition announcements and catalogs (1942-1953) including three from Miller's memorial exhibitions, a 1967 program for "I Am the Way," miscellaneous printed material (1988) concerning Nancy Boas' book The Society of Six: California Colorists, a 1950 brochure for the Art Students League and a picture postcard of St. Michael Church, Brookville, Indiana. In addition to two ink figure sketches, the collection includes a group photograph of Art Students League instructors, among them Kelly, Robert Ward Johnson, Louis Bouche, and John Carroll, and three photographs of works of art.
Citation:
Gordon Kelly papers, 1942-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Gordon Kelly (b. 1924) was a portrait painter, New York, N.Y. Kelly was born in Wells County, Indiana in 1924. At the Art Students League of New York, Kelly was a promising portrait painter and a protege of Kenneth Hayes Miller. Kelly also studied with Reginald Marsh. Kelly helped Miller develop his (unpublished) manuscript "The Third Dimension in Painting" and Miller consistently encouraged Kelly and supported Kelly's teaching appointment at the League. Kelly returned to Indiana upon Miller's death in 1952.
Provenance:
Donated in 1987 by Mark Kelly, the son of Gordon Kelly.
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art and religion
Art teachers
Christian art and symbolism
Painters
Photographs
Works of art
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9696
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211915
AAA_collcode_kellgord
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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