A Finding Aid to the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery Records,
1973-1994
, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.franwola
Creators:
Frances Wolfson Art Gallery
Dates:
1973-1994
Languages:
English
.
Physical Description:
5 Linear feet
Repository:
The records of the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery measure 5 linear feet and date from 1973 to 1994. The Gallery was established in 1976 on the Mitchell Wolfson New World Center Campus of the Miami-Dade Community College. It focused on the art of the local Latino community in addition to serving the needs of the College's arts and humanities students. Materials document exhibitions held at the Gallery and the general administration of the Gallery through correspondence, business records and printed material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery comprise 5 linear feet of material dating from 1973 to 1994. The collection contains correspondence, routine business records, exhibition files, notes, printed material, and photographs of artists, installations, and works of art, and is arranged into seven series according to material type. The bulk of the material relates to exhibitions held at the Gallery from 1977 to 1992 in exhibition files measuring 4.5 linear feet. The general administration of the Gallery is also partially documented through business records and correspondence files.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as six series according to material type. Records are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1976-1994 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 2: Business Records, 1981-1993 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)
  • Series 3: Notes, 1973-1987 (Box 1; 2 folders)
  • Series 4: Exhibition Files, 1977-1992, undated (Boxes 1-5; 4.5 linear feet)
  • Series 5: Printed Material, 1974-1994 (Box 5; 5 folders)
  • Series 6: Color Transparencies of Artwork, 1983-1990 (Box 5; 10 items)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Frances Wolfson Art Gallery was established in 1976 on the Mitchell Wolfson New World Center Campus of the Miami-Dade Community College. It focused on the art of the local Latino community in addition to serving the needs of the College's arts and humanities students. Exhibitions and lectures reflected four major areas of emphasis: the Latino community, the Black community, the relationship of art, architecture and culture to the quality of contemporary urban civilization, and the best of new artists presented in solo or cohesive group exhibitions.
Director from 1978 to 1981, Roberta Griffin was followed in that position by Sheldon Lurie in September 1981 until his death in October 1990.
In the spring of 1987, the Frances Wolfson Art Gallery implemented an active exhibition program at the InterAmerican Center in the form of the InterAmerican Art Gallery. Located in the Little Havana section of Miami, the major thrust of this gallery is Hispanic art, reflecting the interests and needs of the surrounding community.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Jean Fitzgerald in 1999. The finding aid was modified by Stephanie Ashley in November 2001 prior to EAD conversion.
Author
Jean Fitzgerald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by the Miami-Dade Community College in 1997

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of unmicrofilmed material in the holdings of the Archives of American Art requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C., facility.
Terms of Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Frances Wolfson Art Gallery records, 1973-1994. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Florida -- Miami -- Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists -- Florida -- Miami Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Latino and Latin American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Latin American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cuban American artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, University and college -- Florida Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Day, Larry, 1921- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chisolm, Michael Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bencomo, Mario, 1953- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Azaceta, Luis Cruz, 1942- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dionisio, Humberto, 1950-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Katzen, Lila Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Larraz, Julio Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McGarrell, James, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piper, Jane, 1916- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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