Lucile Evans: A Retrospective
June 1, 2019 — August 10, 2019
About the Show
Lucile Evans (1894-1993) began her career in California. She participated in the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair, and, in 1940, she exhibited in a group show at the Stendahl Gallery in Los Angeles that traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. While living in California in the 1940’s, she was featured in a group show at the Pasadena Museum of Art alongside such luminaries as Paul Klee, Raoul Dufy, Maurice de Vlaminck and Fernand Léger, and she also participated in three group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. After relocating to the East Coast (first New York and then D.C.) Evans’;s star continued to rise. She exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in major institutions and galleries, including the Corcoran Gallery (with her work winning awards in three exhibitions there), the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Evans’s work is in the permanent collections of Howard University Art Gallery, the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, among other important museum and public collections.
This retrospective was carefully curated to include paintings, etchings and prints that demonstrate the artist’s fascinating evolution of style from the 1930s through the 1970s. Included are 2 award winning lithographs and 6 works with museum provenance. Co-directors Kelley Lehr and John Danos would like to express our gratitude to the Evans family and estate representative Laurie Perzley for this exciting collaboration— for giving us the opportunity to shine a long-overdue light on an underappreciated female artist’s legacy, and to proudly claim this impressive artist, who spent the last five years of her life in Wells, for Maine.