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Guide to The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers
The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers
Personal papers
Correspondence
Photographs of art works

Guide to The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers

Title

Guide to The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers

Summary

The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers reflect Adkison’s work as a Northwest painter. Papers consist of correspondence, an interview transcript, and exhibit materials and pamphlets for Adkison's shows. Also included are photographs, negatives and prints, as well as newspaper clippings and awards for her work.

Type

Text

Source Format

Painting

Collection Guide

Date

1942-2006

Repository

Willamette University University Archives and Special Collections

Repository Address

900 State Street; Salem, Oregon; 97301 USA; Phone: 503/370/6764; Fax: 503/370/6141; Email: archives@willamette.edu; URL: http://library.willamette.edu/archives/

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Collection Number

WUA053

Language

Materials are in English.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged into three series: Series I. Personal Papers, Series II. Correspondence, and Series III. Photographs of art works. Papers retain original order.

Biographical Note

Kathleen Gemberling Adkison (1917-2010) was born in Nebraska on July 5, 1917. In 1930 her family moved to Seattle, where she graduated from high school. She had a passion for painting and studied art with Leon Derbyshire at Cornish Institute between 1938 and 1942. In 1942 she was introduced to Mark Tobey, influential Northwest painter and one of the founders of the Northwest School. She continued to study privately with Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, an expressionist painter, from 1942 to 1948.

In 1948 she moved with her family to Spokane but continued to study art in Seattle, returning frequently for lessons. She was an instructor at the Washington State University Extension Service in Spokane from 1953 to 1962, a Visiting Professor of Art at Gonzaga University from 1967 to 1968 and taught private classes in the Spokane art community.

Adkison’s first solo exhibition was in 1957 at the Henriette E. Woessner Alumni Gallery, Seattle. Throughout her career she had numerous solo exhibitions, the majority of which were at Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery in Seattle. Adkison participated in group exhibitions throughout Washington as well as throughout the nation. Her pieces are held by museums and in public and private collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.

She married architect Thomas Adkison in 1968 and drew inspiration from nature and her travels with him. Her abstract landscapes grew out of her love of mountain climbing, trekking and hiking. Adkison died on August 3, 2010.

Quantity

3 linear feet

Content Description

The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers reflect Adkison’s work as a Northwest painter. Papers include correspondence pertaining to her artwork regarding purchase, congratulations on awards, and inclusion in gallery shows and museum exhibits. An interview transcript in which Adkison talks about her experience as an artist and why she paints is included. Newspaper articles and exhibit programs document her awards and inclusion in gallery shows and museum exhibits, specifically the Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum and the Sonora Art Gallery. Photographs, slides and negatives depict Adkison and her artwork.

Names

Adkison, Kathleen Gemberling (1917-2010)

Derbyshire, Leon

Graves, Morris (1910-2001)

Haas, Pauline

O'Rourke, Kay

Thamm, John

Tobey, Mark (1890-1976)

Subject

Butler Institute of American Art

Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum

Cornish School of Allied Arts (Seattle, Wash.)

Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.)

Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery

Seattle Art Museum

Sonora Art Gallery

Zachary Waller Gallery Fine Arts

Pacific Northwest Artists Archive

Restrictions on Access

Materials are open to researchers.

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.; For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.; Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Collection

Finding Aids

Title

The Kathleen Gemberling Adkison papers