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Vera Klement papers, 1946-2001

Vera Klement papers, 1946-2001

Klement, Vera, 1929-


Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft.

Addition 0.8 linear ft.

Summary: Correspondence, works of art, writings, printed material, photographs and slides. Included are correspondence with Franz Schulze, 1968-1969; a postcard from Miyoko Ito, 1976; a letter from Klement to Prudence Carlson, 1982; a transcript of an interview with Klement conducted by John Himmelfarb, 1985; a book of poems, resumes, and drawings, 1952-1982; a notebook compiled by Klement while at the MacDowell Colony, 1958; a poem, 1978, and eulogy for Harold Rosenberg, 1979; miscellaneous notes and writings about painting and teaching; photocopies of articles by Klement; a group photograph of the MacDowell Colony, 1957; 7 photographs of Klement, Klement with her works and in her studio, 1964-1980; writings and slides of works of art concerning Klement's project "Born of Silence, Poets and their Portraits", 1995-1998; 13 sketchbooks, 1946-2001; 11 etchings; 136 loose drawings, undated; slides of works of art; a poster and two clippings concerning the "Five" group of artists including Klement, 1971-1973; and 3 exhibition catalogs, 1982-1984.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Chicago, Ill.; b. 1929. Klement studied at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture (graduated 1950). After moving to Chicago in 1965, she became a founding member of the "Five" group of artists, who protested the orientation of Chicago art during the early 1970s. She has been a professor of art at the University of Chicago since 1969.


Donated 1986 and 2004 by Vera Klement.

Restrictions on Access

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How to Cite This Collection

Vera Klement papers, 1946-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.