Mary Parks Washington

EDUCATION

 

Art Students League, New York.

Black Mountain College, Summer Art Institute, 1944

University of New Mexico, Mexico, D.F. Contemporary Mexican Art and Folklore with Frances Tour

Private instruction in Japanese brush painting, Yokata, Japan

University of the Pacific Heritage Tour
Fourab Bay College, Sierra Leon, West Africa
University of Science and Technology, Ghana, West Africa
University of Ille, Ife, Nigeria, West Africa

The American International College of London,
Spirit of Western Man

Ancient African Heritage (Egypt) Study Tour II with Dr. Asa Hilliard

The New World Festival of African Diaspora, Brazil, Suriname and Barbados, directed by Richard Long

St. Martin Tour, directed by Richard Long, collage workshop with Romare Bearden

Seminar on Cuban Art, 3rd Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Four Weeks Museum and Gallery Tour, Paris

Scandinavian Capitals and Leningrad, Russia

Far East Asian countries with Jake and Freddie Henderson

EXHIBITS

 

Mary Parks Washington. Atlanta: Remembrances, Impressions and Reflections. Essays by Richard A. Long and Evelyn Carter. The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, Atlanta, Georgia. March 2, 1996-May 23, 1996. Exhibition catalogue.

Remembering Black Mountain College, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina (group)

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Fine Art Gallery, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

San Jose Art League, San Jose, California

Johnson Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois

De Saisst Art Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California

Kaiser Center Gallery, Oakland, California

Oakland Museum, Oakland, California

Berkeley Square Gallery, Oakland, California

ART SPONSORSHIPS

 

Art Chairman for the San Joe Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Black on Black Film Festival, San Jose, California
Installation for the three pedestals for the sculptures of Edononia Lewis at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose, California
Program to introduce Jacob Lawrence and his paintings to the San Jose community
Co-Chairman, San Jose Artist Studio Tour at the California Art Educators Conference, San Jose, California

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Lewis and Waddy, Black Artists on Art, Vol. 1, Contemporary Crafts, Inc., Los Angeles, California, 1970.

Gumbo Ya Ya; Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists, Midmarch Art Press, New York, 1995.

Yvonne Daniel, Rumba, Dance and Social Change in Contemporary Cuba (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1995)

ABOUT BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

 

Mary Parks Washington, "New Dungarees," North Carolina Literary Review, Vol. 11, No. 2 (1995): 84-85.

Mary Emma Harris, "Mary Parks Washington," in Remembering Black Mountain College (Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center), 1996.

Statement by Mary Parks Washington. Black Mountain Reunion. San Francisco, California, March 6-7, 1992. Tape 3 of 4. Filmed by Michael Camerini, Inc. Edited by Ruth Asawa.

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

California Art Educator Association, 1995.
Distinguished Art Educator of the Year. City of San Jose, California. Mayor's Commendation in Art and Outstanding Services in Art. City of San Jose, Community Excellence Award Virginia Kiah, National Conference of Artists Award
Rosenwald Foundation Scholarship, Black Mountain College Summer Art Institute, 1946

Biographical information taken from the catalogue Atlanta: Remembrances, Impressions and Reflections reproduced with the permission of Mary Parks Washington.

 

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