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Kelly Fearing papers, 1941-1983

Fearing, Kelly, 1918-

Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, ca. 140 items (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: Printed material, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, books by Fearing, biographical material and loan agreements.
REEL 3103: Correspondence with Frank Dolejska and Ellen Sharp of the Contemporary Arts Association of Houston, the Margaret Brown Gallery, Boston, the Carnegie Institute, Catholic University of America, and the Betty McLean Gallery, Dallas; loan agreements from the American Federation of Arts, N.Y.C., for the exhibitions "Painter's Panorama," and "Contemporary Texas Painting"; clippings; and a photograph of Fearing's painting "Madonna and Child with Hummingbirds."
REEL 3104: A biographical data sheet listing Fearing's publications, exhibitions, awards, collections his work is in, and books, catalogs and articles with reproductions of his work; a scrapbook containing letters, clippings, printed material and photographs; a scrapbook of photographs and reproductions of his art work; exhibition catalogs, clippings, and brochures from symposia where Fearing lectured.
REEL 3119: A notebook containing reprints from The Texas Quarterly, "Drawings by Kelly Fearing" and "The Aegean Series: A Selection of Paintings by Kelly Fearing," and exhibition announcements and catalogs; books written by Fearing and others including, THE CREATIVE EYE, ART AND THE CREATIVE TEACHER, CREATIVITY AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT, HELPING CHILDREN SEE AND MAKE ART, OUR EXPANDING VISION, an 8 volume series, and THE COLOUR OF COLOUR by Patrick Heron with a preface by Fearing.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, educator, author; Austin, Texas. Born 1918 in Fordyce, Arkansas. Professor at the University of Texas.


Material on reels 3103-3104 lent for microfilming by Fearing, 1982 and reel 3119 donated by Fearing, 1982. The books were transfered to NMAA/NPG library, 1984.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reels 3103-3104: Originals returned the lender, Kelly Fearing, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 3103, 3104, and 3119 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Kelly Fearing papers, 1941-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.