Ellen Lanyon papers, 1944-1991

Lanyon, Ellen, b. 1926
Painter, Printmaker
Active in New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.

Collection size: 4.0 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 5 reels)

Collection Summary: Biographical material, awards, business records, notes, subject files concerning teaching, projects, exhibitions, and organizations, and printed material.

REEL 1234: Curriculum vitae; bibliography; clippings; bulletins; newsletters; exhibition catalogs, 1946-1977; and brochures.

REELS 2237-2240: Biographical data; award certificates; correspondence with family members and colleagues, 1965-1980; files on teaching positions, exhibitions, 1944-1979, membership in art organizations including the College Art Association, Chicago Artists Group, Illinois Art Council, Illinois Center Plaza Venture, and W.E.B. (West End Bag), and on the women's rights movement, 1972-1976; art and slide inventories and other business records regarding sales, commissions, gifts, loans, restorations, and insurance claims; lecture notes; and printed material.

Correspondents (reel 2237) include: Cecile Abish, Janet Abramowicz, Keith Achepohl, Nicholas Africano, William Anthony, Vincent Arcilesi, Barbara Aubin, Jennifer Bartlett, Jack Beal, Keith Boyle, Phyllis Bramson, Vera Budlick, Sarah Canright, Carlebach Gallery, Judy Chicago, William Copley, Joan Danziger, Dominick Di Meo, Du Dragon Gallery, Charles Eldredge,Llyn Foulkes, June Leaf Frank, Marcia Frankel, Jean Frumkin, Hansen Fuller Gallery, Elaine Galen, Leon Golub, Ron Gorchov, Jacqueline Gourevitch, Graphic Gallery, Geri Gray, Harold Gregor, Loretta Grellner, Krystin Grenon, Red Grooms, Ted Halkin, Harmony Hammond, Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Barbara Haskell, David Hendricks, Judith Hoffberg, B. C. Holland Gallery, Bjorg Holte, Michael Hurson,

George Irwin, Miyoko Ito, Ray Johnson, Lynda Kahn, Samuel Koffler, Ida Kohlmeyer, Gabriel Laderman, Daniel Lang, Maurico Lasansky, Alice Lauffer, Barbara Levy, Jean and Julien Levy, Ira Licht, Lucy Lippard, Jim Love, Warren MacKenzie, Jerrold Maddox, Claude Marks, James McGarrell, Robert Mende, Richard Merkin, Charlotte Moser, Cindy Nemser, Linda Nochlin, Richard Notkin, Gloria Orenstein, Gertrude Pacific, Tom Parish, George Parrino, Ed Paschke, Ed Plunkett, Rudy Pozzatti, Joseph Raffael, Christina Ramberg, Stewart Rickard Gallery, Sonnabend Rosen Gallery, Seymour Rosofsky, Susan Rubenstein, Ivy Sky Rutsky, Bruce St. John, Peter Saul, Miriam Schapiro, Franz Schulze, Arthur Secunda,Joanne Seltzer, Sandy Shannonhouse, Joan Snyder, John Sommers, May Stevens, Adlai and Nancy Stevenson, Richard Stout, Jurgen Strunck, Stanley Tigerman, Hugh Townley, Jan van der Marck, Angus White Gallery, Joe Wilfer, Sidney R. Yates, Zabriskie Gallery, and Michael Zilka.

UNMICROFILMED: Letters from colleagues, 1965-1989; letters and contracts concerning teaching and lectures, 1977-1989; invoices and receipts, 1978-1987; lists of art works; notes; clippings, 1968-1989; exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1967-1991; and other printed material; and files containing letters, notes, financial records, and printed material on the Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting, 1951-1989, W.E.B., 1972, Metropolitan Structures, Inc., 1974-1975, the AMERICA '76 exhibition, 1974-1977, Women's Caucus for Art, 1977-1983, exhibitions at N.A.M.E. Gallery, 1978 and 1982, the College Art Association, 1978-1985, Indiana Dunes Lakeshore Project, 1979-1980, American Printmaking Association, 1979-1981, Boston Mural Project, 1980, Mid-America College Art Association, 1981, Lisbon exhibition, 1981-1984, Temple Sholom windows, 1982, St. Louis Community College exhibition, 1983, retrospective exhibitions, 1984 and 1988, and the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, printmaker; Chicago, Illinois. b. 1926. Lanyon is active in several women's art organizations and member of the Board of the Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting.

Material on reels 1234 & 2237-40 lent for microfilming 1977-1981 by Lanyon and material on reels 2237-2240 subsequently donated in 2005. Lanyon donated additional unmicrofilmed material in 1990.

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