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 Leza Sullivan McVey  (1907 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/Texas/Michigan      Known for: ceramics, sculpture, teaching

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Leza S. (Mrs.) McVey
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
From Cleveland, Ohio, Leza Sullivan McVey became a ceramist, sculptor, teacher, and weaver.  She was a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, graduating in 1931; studied at the Colorado Fine Arts Center from 1943 to 1944; and was a student of ceramic sculptor Alexander Blazys in Cleveland.  She also studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art ,and then became a teacher there from 1948 to 1953.  After this period, she returned to the Cleveland area, where she spent the remainder of her life.

From 1936 to 1938 and 1939 to 1947, she lived in Texas where her sculptor and painter husband, William Mozart McVey, taught at the Museum School of Art in Houston and then at the University of Texas.  During this time, she was active with the Texas Sculptors Group.

In Flint, Michigan in 1961, she did a ceramic mural with her husband for the Art Center.  Exhibition venues included the Smithsonian Institute, Texas General Exhibition, Cleveland May Shows, Pennsylvania Academy and the Albright Knox Gallery.

John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors and Graphic Artists

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
Born : May 1, 1907 Cleveland, Ohio

Education : Cleveland School of Art; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Research Studio in Maitland, Florida; and with A. Blazys.

Exhibits : Southwestern General Exhibition 1943-1945; San Antonio, Texas 1944; Houston Museum of Fine Arts 1938; Research Studio Maitland, Florida

From an Akron Art Institute exhibit flyer of January 1954:

Leza McVey is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and has exhibited nationally for a number of years.  She has won important awards in the Syracuse Ceramic National and Cleveland May Show and has been represented in recent national invitational exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute, at Pomona, California, and at the Universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska.  She and her work have been the subject of recent article in Ceramics Monthly and Everyday Art Quarterly published by the Walker Art Center.

From an exhibit catalog published by the Cleveland Institute of Art in February of 1965:

Leza McVey was born and raised in Cleveland.  She graduated from the then Cleveland School of Art. S he studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Cranbrook Academy of Art.  She has exhibited widely through traveling exhibitions circulated by the Syracuse Ceramic National, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Federation of Arts and the Wichita Ceramics Exhibition.  Her work has been displayed in the galleries of the universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Syracuse and many museums.

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