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 Stella Sullivan  (1924 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: portrait painting, art education

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Houston, Texas native, Stella Sullivan, commenced her studies in Architecture at Rice University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1945.  She then attended classes from 1949 to 1950 at Houston Museum of Fine Arts School.  From 1950 to 1951, Sullivan continued her education at the School of Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. I n 1954, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Sullivan taught at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Houston, the University of Houston, the University of Delaware in Newark and at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She also led various workshops and classes in New Mexico and Colorado and established Stella Sullivan School of Art.  She gave private lessons continuously throughout her career. 

Sullivan has had more than 27 one-woman shows including the Museum of Fine
Arts, Houston; Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Art and Crafts Gallery, Columbus Ohio and Houston galleries; Lowell Collins Gallery and Leslie Muth Gallery. Furthermore, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States including Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas; Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas; Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, Texas and Masur Art Museum, Monroe, Louisiana.

Additionally, Sullivan has received awards at Houston Artists Exhibits: Schlumberger Award, Honorable Mention Purchase Prize and Contemporary Arts Museum Purchase Prize in Houston.

Of the institutional collections holding Sullivan’s artwork are TIRR, Jefferson Davis Hospital, and Bank of the Southwest, all of Houston; Hotel Manila Intercontinental in the Philippines and Church of the Holy Faith, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1954 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, MFA
1945 Rice University, BA, (studied Architecture 3 years)
1949-50 Houston Museum of Fine Arts School,
1950-51 School of Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts
 Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
 Private classes, MacNeill Davidson, Houston, TX

Teaching Experience:
Museum of Fine Arts School, Houston, TX (9 years)
University of Houston, Houston, TX (4 years)
University of Delaware, Newark, DE (summer semester)
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX (1 year)
Various adult education classes, private classes
and landscape workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Telluride, CO and Houston, TX
Stella Sullivan School of Art at Rice Village in Houston: studio classes, (30 years)

Solo Exhibitions:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Montgomery County Library, Conroe, TX
Houston Public Library, Houston, TX
Houston Baptist College, Houston, TX
Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, TX
Leslie Muth Gallery, Houston, TX
Biblical Arts Museum, Dallas, TX
Ursuline Academy, Dallas, TX
David Dike Fine Art, Dallas, TX

Group Invitational Exhibitions:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
TX Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Art League of Houston, Studio on Tour, Houston, TX
Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX
Corpus Christi Museum, Corpus Christi, TX
Masur Art Museum, Monroe, LA
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Texas Visions, Houston, TX
International Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Texas Watercolor Society, San Antonio, TX
Houston Early Texas Art Group, Fondren Library at Rice University, Houston, TX
Houston Art in Houston Collections, The Heritage Society and CASETA

Houston Artists Exhibits: Schlumberger Award, Honorable Mention Purchase Prize
Contemporary Arts Museum Purchase Prize, Houston, TX

Art League of Houston, Various awards
Houston Post, Easter Art Exhibit, Second Prize
Rice University Alumni Art Shows, Houston, Honorable Mention Painting, Honorable Mention Drawing
Fiber Artists of Houston, Honorable Mention Printed Fabric
Seventh Annual Texas Crafts Exhibits, Craft Guild of Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts – Decorated Fabric Award
Craft Guild of San Antonio, Third Regional Exhibition, Witte Museum, 1962

Institutional  Collections:
D.D. Feldman Collection, Dallas, TX
Texas Institute for Research and Rehabilitation, Houston, TX
Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, TX
Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Hotel Manila Intercontinental, Manila, Philippines
Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel, Houston, TX
Bank of the Southwest, Houston, TX
New Harmony Inn, New Harmony, IN
St. Basil’s Church, Angleton, TX
St. Philip Neri Church, Houston, TX
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Houston, TX
Anderson, Greenwood and Company, Houston, TX
Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Houston, TX
Church of the Holy Faith, Santa Fe, NM

Submitted by Stephanie A. Reeves

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