Grace Lai papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1915–2010 (bulk 1990s)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

2 bankers boxes, 1 flat box, 3 albums, and flat file (approximately 4 linear feet) of materials relating to painter Grace Lai, consisting mostly of reproductions of her works in various formats but also including personal documents and photographs, including some relating to her husband, commercial artist Harry Lai, and to her parents, as well as artifacts, a sketchbook, videos of her TV appearances, a CD of images of her artworks, clippings, and artist’s statements. Also included are photographs by and of Chicago Chinatown photographer Harry Tun.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago artist Grace Lai, who took up painting late in life after decades assisting her husband in his sign-painting business, specialized in views of construction sights and the Chicago skyline.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Interview with son Ed Lai about Grace Lai in Asian American Art Oral History Project, DePaul University Archives