Exhibit in Special Collections Features Morris Graves Papers

Through May 31st, Special Collections and University Archives on the second floor of Knight Library will display a selection of the Morris Graves Papers, which comprises drawings, photographs, blueprints and building plans, exhibition materials, notes, writings, incoming and outgoing correspondence, travel documents, medical and financial records, art sale records, and ephemera. The UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art houses many of the artist’s paintings and drawings.

Graves used his inner visions not only to produce paintings, drawings, and sculptures but also to design his external environments, for example, his studios, gardens, and residences. Though Graves could be deemed an artist of the world, he was truly an artist of the Northwest, since much of his life was spent along the Pacific Coast. Graves was born in 1910 in Fox Valley, Oregon. He grew up in Seattle and also lived abroad in Ireland. He died in Loleta, California, in 2001.

This exhibit covers a mere fragment of the complete Morris Graves collection. It can be viewed and read from right to left or from left to right. It should be noted that Graves collected many papers, not only those dealing directly with his own life and career but also those of other artists and individuals with whom he associated. For viewing hours, visit http://library.uoregon.edu/speccoll/hours.html.