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Gordon Kelly papers, 1942-1988

Gordon Kelly papers, 1942-1988

Kelly, Gordon, 1924-

Art teacher, Portrait painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear ft.

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.

Biographical/Historical 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 Kelly helped Miller develop his (unpublished) manuscript "The Third Dimension in Painting" and Miller consistently encouraged Kelly and supported Kelly's teaching appointment at the League.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.


Donated in 1987 by Mark Kelly, the son of Gordon Kelly.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Gordon Kelly papers, 1942-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.