Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color

July 3 – September 25, 2010

Dorothy Jenkins and Emily S. Macey Galleries

The myriad of themes explored by Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998) over the impressive length of her 75 year career makes for a dynamic exhibition of more than 70 works, including paintings, drawings and textile designs. During a brief teaching stint at Palmer Memorial Institute, a preparatory school in Sedalia, North Carolina, Jones created several paintings that marked her transition from design to fine art. Jones’ influences were extensive throughout the remainder of her career. Her lush oil paintings of the French countryside and traditional fruit and flower still lifes highlight her skillful observation of nature. Her marriage in 1952 to noted Haitian graphic artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël instigated a change in the subject matter and palette of her paintings. Her frequent trips to Haiti re-energized her strong design sense and inspired vivid acrylic and watercolor paintings that displayed a marked fascination with Caribbean culture. After additional travels that included African countries, her work became characterized by brilliant color, rich patterns and a variety of Haitian and African motifs.

Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color is organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Exhibition Sponsored by:


Tinsley Family

Additional Support by:

Blackmon Roberts Group, Inc.



  • Dorothy Chao Jenkins
  • The Reitzel Foundation
  • The Hazelle Paxson Morrison Foundation
  • BCI Engineers & Scientists