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 Clyde Connell  (1901 - 1998)

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Lived/Active: Louisiana      Known for: sculpture-iconic, abstract painting

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Selected Exhibits:
2005 "Her Own Woman," Smithfield Cultural Arts Center, Smithfield, VA
2004 Museum of Art, Tyler, TX
2000 Retrospective, "Daughter of the Bayou" (traveling), Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA
1998 "Crossing the Threshold" (traveling), Steinbaum/Krause Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
1994-1995 The Ogden Collection (traveling)
1994 Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
1992 Retrospective with Adolph Gottlieb, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1990 Galleria Vallois, Paris, France
1990 Galleria C.N. Voutat, Geneva, Switzerland
1990 American Women Artists, Knoxville, TX
1989 Arnold Herstand, New York, NY
1988 Hiriam Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
1985 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
1984 Delahunty Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
1981 The Clocktower, New York, NY

Selected Group Shows:
1989 "Making Their Mark" (traveling), Maidenform
1988 "Different Drummers," Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
1988 "Just Like a Woman," Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
1986 "Other Gods" (traveling), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Awards in the Visual Art 5, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
1985 Brandt Gallery, New York, NY
1984 "Works by Women" (traveling), Gihon Foundation & Collection, Dallas, TX
1983 New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Art Museum, New Orleans, LA
1982 "Four Artists," Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Delahunty Group Exhibit, New York, NY

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY; "Bistineau Song," 1986
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, "Non-person Post"
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (Menil collection), "Swamp Song"
Weissman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
National Women’s Museum of Art, Washington, DC, "Dialogue Gate"
El Centro Cultural Del Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico, collage 1990
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX, outdoor sculpture
Breneau Art Museum, Breneau University, Gainesville, GA
Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA
Baton Rouge Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College, Shreveport, LA
Atlantic Richfield, TX

Selected Related Activities:
1998 Award, "Louisiana Legend" by the State of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
1988 Visiting artist, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
1986 Awards in the Visual Art 5, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
1985 Award, National Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1985 Film, "Swamp Song," Adam Simon, Harvard University
1985 Slide lecture, Museum of Fine Arts and Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Houston, TX
1984 Panelist, "Artists Discussion," Gihon Foundation, Dallas, TX
1984 Artist in residence, lecture series, University of Texas, Arlington, TX
1984 Slide lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1982 Artist in residence, Mississippi Art Museum, Jackson, MS

Selected Bibliography:
Sculpture Magazine Dec. 1998, p. 28, "Clyde Connell 1901-1998"
Art Forum 1990, "Speaking the South" by Lawery Sims
The Sciences May/June 1990 (published by the New York Academy of Sciences),"The Mother Tongue"
Clyde Connell, The Art and Life of a Louisiana Woman, Charlotte Moser, 1988,
University of Texas Press
Shreveport Journal, July 19, 1988, "Weissman Collection Brings to Life Museum," by David Connelly
Art News Nov. 1987, "The Envelope Please" by Lawery Sims
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Clyde Connell Papers, 1952-1981


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for her totemic sculpture, imposing wall reliefs and rune like drawings, she became a full-time artist at age 67.  Excepting some travel, she spent her entire life within a 50 mile radius of Shreveport, Louisiana.

She was raised on a large plantation, and her artistic inspiration and sculpture materials came from this region. She used brown earth, red clay, wood and iron. She began taking art classes in 1922, and in the 1950s was doing abstract paintings of black prisoners on a penal farm where her husband was superintendent. A 1952 trip to New York exposed her to Abstract Expressionism, as style she adopted.

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