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Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006

Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006

MacDonald, Kevin John, 1946-2006

Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 7.7 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Washington, D.C. painter and printmaker Kevin MacDonald measure 7.7 linear feet, and date from 1958-2006. The collection contains correspondence with friends and colleagues; journals, notebooks, and other writings; printed material; artwork by MacDonald and others; 29 sketchbooks; and sound, video, and film recordings. Of note are several files regarding his work with the Washington Project for the Arts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Kevin MacDonald (1946-2006) was a painter and printmaker in Washington, D.C.


Donated 2012 by Robin Moore, Kevin MacDonald's widow.

A Finding Aid to the Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical/Historical note
Kevin MacDonald (1946-2006) was a painter and printmaker in Washington, D.C. He received a BFA from George Washington University in 1969, and also took courses at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. From 1967 to 1977 he worked at the Phillips Collection. After leaving the Phillips he worked full-time as an artist, taking an active role in the D.C. arts community. He was co-curator of “The Washington Show” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1986, and served on the Board of Directors for both the Washington Project for the Arts (1986-1992) and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (1991-1997). MacDonald regularly exhibited his work at the Lunn Gallery and David Adamson Gallery, and had artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (1995) and Oglebay Institute (1993). MacDonald also had an interest in music, and served as art director of a short-lived music fanzine called “Infiltrator.” He was in Twisted Teenage Plot, a band organized by fellow artist Michael Clark, and worked with artist and musician Robin Rose on a collaboration called “Scriptronics.” He lived most of his life in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of D.C., and was married to art consultant Robin Moore.
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged as 8 series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-2006 (1.9 linear feet:; Boxes 1-2)
Series 2: Notebooks and Journals, 1968-2005 (1.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-4)
Series 3: Writings, 1970s-1999 (0.3 linear feet; Box 4)
Series 4: Project Files, 1958-2005 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 4-5, 9)
Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1970-2004 (1.0 linear foot; Boxes 5-6, 9)
Series 6: Artwork, 1960s-2000s (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 6, 9)
Series 7: Sketchbooks, circa 1969-2006 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 6-7, 9)
Series 8: Sound, Video, and Film Recordings, circa 1970s-1990s (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 7-8)
Donated 2012 by Robin Moore, Kevin MacDonald's widow.
Processing Information note
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared by Erin Kinhart in 2014-2015. The collection has been minimally rearranged and retains the existing/original folder titles when possible. All materials have been rehoused in archival folders and boxes for long-term stability, but often staples and other fasteners have not been removed. Materials within folders have not been rearranged.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires and appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Kevin MacDonald papers, 1958-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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