Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center Celebrates Lois Mailou Jones

By Editorial Team on November 9, 2015

Thu, 12 November 2015 - Fri, 04 December 2015

Photo courtesy of Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center.
Photo courtesy of Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center.


Opening Reception: Thursday, November 12 from 6pm to 9pm


Read a profile of the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center by Phil Hutinet HERE

Closing Reception:  Friday, December 4, 2015 6pm to 9pm

Join Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center Thursday, November 12 from 6pm to 9pm as they kick off their month-long celebration of famous artist Lois Mailou Jones. They plan to have a panel featuring friends, colleagues and students of the artist, sharing exclusive stories and providing an intimate perspective to Jones’ life.

The exhibit will be open until December 4th, concluding with a closing reception that evening from 6pm to 9pm. There will be art, books and other treasures for purchase during the exhibit.

Lois Mailou Jones (American 1905 – 1998) was born in Boston.  As a child she began drawing and painting with watercolors; the latter remained her favorite medium throughout her life.  After graduating from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jones worked as a textile designer.  During this period, she encountered the prejudice that prompted her to shift her artistic focus to the fine arts.  A regionalist style surfaced in the paintings created in her brief time teaching at Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina.  (There she also coached basketball, taught folk dancing, and played piano for Sunday church services.) It was this same talent, energy and persistence with which she influenced generations of art students in a 47 year teaching career at Howard University.  An inspiring and demanding taskmaster, Lois Mailou Jones possessed the rare ability to help each student devise their own means of expression.  Former students include printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett; painters Malkia Roberts, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Hiawatha Brown, Peter Robinson and Robert Freeman; painters/educators David Driskell and Mary Lovelace O’Neil; and installation artists Houston Conwill and Rose Powhatan.

Whenever you visit the center this month, bring non-perishable goods as they’re collecting for families in need for the holiday season.

CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.