Size: 1.9 Linear feet
Summary: The Smith Andersen Gallery records measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1981. The collection sheds light on the gallery's operations through artist files and scant exhibition and gallery files.
The Smith Andersen Gallery was founded in Palo Alto, California, in 1969 by Paula and Phillip Kirkeby. The gallery represented contemporary artists working in a range of mediums, including fabric, paint, print, and sculpture; and had studio space inside for invited artists to use. In 1978, Paula Kirkeby, along with Joseph Goldyne and Mary Margaret Anderson, founded the fine arts print publishing company 3EP, LTD., in Palo Alto. In 1984, Paula Kirkeby took over the 3EP operations and renamed it Smith Andersen Editions. The Smith Andersen Gallery closed in 2016 upon Paula Kirkeby's death.
The collection was donated in several installments from 1977 to 1981 by Paula Z. Kirkeby, director of Smith Andersen Gallery.
Also found in the Archives of American Art is the records of 3EP Ltd., 1970-1984.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.