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Gordon Kelly papers, 1942-1988

Kelly, Gordon Ray, 1924-2018

Art teacher, Portrait painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear feet

Summary: The papers of portrait painter and art teacher Gordon Kelly measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1942 to 1988. The collection primarily documents Kelly's brief tenure at the Art Students League and his extensive correspondence and collaboration with artist Kenneth Hayes Miller. The papers include correspondence, contracts, writings, artwork, printed material, and four photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gordon Kelly (1924-2018) was a portrait painter and art teacher who worked in New York, New York and Indiana. 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 Kelly helped Miller develop his (unpublished) manuscript "The Third Dimension in Painting" and Miller consistently encouraged Kelly and supported Kelly's teaching appointment at the League.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.


The Gordon Kelly papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1987 by Mark Kelly, the son of Gordon Kelly.