Mary A. Chenoweth Collection, Parts 1-3, Ms 0368, 0369, and 0369A
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Mary Chenoweth served on the faculty of Colorado College from 1953 to 1983, as well as on the staff of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She was born April 17, 1918, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, spending most of her childhood in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at 80 years of age on January 14, 1999, in Sidney, Nebraska, where she had moved after her retirement.
She completed general training for the United States Coast Guard Institute in 1945. She attended the Chicago Art Institute and Pratt Institute. She came to Colorado in 1949 and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Denver in 1950. She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1953.
Alongside teaching, and after her retirement, Chenoweth was a prolific artist. She was proficient in many art media, including sculpture; woodcarving and woodcut; silkscreen; watercolor and oil painting; pen and ink drawings; etchings; collage; and her unique hand-made postcards. She was constantly experimenting with and expanding the scope of her artwork, which was characterized by abstract compositions, brilliant colors, and varied textures. Her artwork was exhibited nationwide, over a span of many years, and her clients were many. Chenoweth created art up until the time of her death.
Mary A. Chenoweth Collection, 1919-1999, Ms 0368
Gift of Lois Ham and Phyllis Hickey of Sidney, Nebraska, sisters of Mary Chenoweth, May 2004.
Ms 0368 Box 1: Artwork reproductions (mostly undated)
Folder 1: Photographs of artwork
Ms 0368 Box 2: Artwork reproductions (snapshots, mostly undated) – 14 photo envelopes
Ms 0368 Box 3: Artwork reproductions and originals (mostly undated)
Folder 1: Doodles – originals
Ms 0368 Box 4: Photographs (mostly undated)
Folder 1: Chenoweth’s studio and home
Ms 0368 Box 5: Chenoweth Exhibitions
Folder 1: Lists of exhibitions
Ms 0368 Box 6
Colorado College publications featuring Chenoweth
Folder 6: Correspondence (letters and postcards) from Chenoweth, 1980s and no date. Recipients include: “Mom”; J.A. Hickey family; “Lois”; “All.”
Folder 7: Correspondence (letters and postcards) about Chenoweth, 1999–2002 and no date (see also Box 8, Folder 15). Senders include: Andrew and Peggy Marshall; “Phyllis”; Steve Wood; “Nathalie” (Nathalie d’Arbeloff); Thomas Stark of Sidney Public Library Foundation; “Alex” of Old Courthouse Preservation Committee, Inc.; “Jane” (two letters); Daniel G. Turner of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Frank Boyd; William Geary of American and European Art Glass (two letters); Carla Keter; “Merr” (Merr Shearn); Carl Reed of Colorado College.
Ms 0368 Box 7
Chenoweth diary (one) and day-planner (six): 1988 is a descriptive diary; 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998 are day-planners, wherein Chenoweth has noted daily rounds, weather conditions, appointments and meetings, social engagements, and so on.
Ms 0368 Box 8
Career and job/teaching
Folder 2: Colorado College appointment and salary letters, 1957–1983. Senders include: Louis T. Benezet (six letters); Lloyd E. Worner (eighteen letters); J. Douglas Mertz (attached response from Chenoweth); Gilbert Johns (two letters); William A. Fischer; George A. Drake; Gresham Riley (three letters).
Folder 3: Colorado College Honors-related correspondence. Senders include: Gresham Riley (four letters); Jay Vogel; David D. Finley; Michael Grace.
Folder 4: Job description and promotion-related documents
Folder 5: Chenoweth’s class grade book (1974–1983)
Folder 7: Chenoweth Diplomas (The United States Coast Guard; The University of Denver, B.A.; The University of Illinois, M.F.A.); certificates of recognition (Alpha Lambda Delta of Colorado College; Historic Denver, Inc. and The Denver Post). And Colorado College Art Department invitation to Chenoweth’s retirement party.
Official Documents (see also Honors, diplomas)
Folder 15: Obituaries
Estate-related correspondence (see Box 8, Folder 8)
Mary A. Chenoweth Collection, Part 2, Ms 0369
Gift of Peggy Marshall, personal friend and patron of Mary A. Chenoweth, June 2005 and March 2006.
Ms 0369 Box 1 of 1
Folder 1: Art cards (49), hand made, addressed to “Peggy” or “Peggy and Andy” (Marshall), 1981–1998 and four undated. Most written and sent as postcards, others with accompanying letters (4).
Folder 2: Chenoweth biographical sketches, written by Peggy Marshall and others about Chenoweth for art exhibitions or other purposes (3), 1980, 1999 and undated.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1990–1998 and undated, relating to Chenoweth. Various correspondents, including Judy Burdick, Barbara Gazibara, David G. Turner and Susan Zwinger.
Folder 3b: Correspondence, 2002 and undated, to Peggy Marshall from Lois Ham (Chenoweth’s sister); includes black-and-white photo portrait of Chenoweth “to be used at exhibit,” two color photos of Chenoweth, and one photo of a piece of art.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1984–1997, mostly to “Peggy and Andy” (Marshall) from Chenoweth, from her post-retirement home of Sidney, Nebraska.
Folder 5: Correspondence, undated, from Chenoweth to “Peggy and Andy” (Marshall).
Folder 6: Chenoweth art exhibition notices (5), 1974–2005 and undated, including poster inscribed by Chenoweth.
Folder 7: Newspaper articles about Chenoweth (5) and Colorado Springs Art Guild (1), 1977–2004.
Folder 8: List of patrons for carved doors/panels, carved from 1958; lists (2) of works to be sold, 2002; Chenoweth Show Master List, 2002; and Coburn Gallery printmaking show list, 2005.
Folder 9: Color photographs of Chenoweth paintings (approx. 55), most undated. Some photos are mounted on acid-free paper, with “Top” hand written to indicate how paintings should hang.
Folder 10: Slides (approx. 27) and negatives (approx. 27) of Chenoweth paintings, undated.
Folder 11: Black crayon “rubbings” (2) showing carved-door designs, for “P. and A.” (Peggy and Andrew Marshall), 1984.
Folder 12: Fine Arts Center exhibition catalog, “Mary Chenoweth: Collage of a Life’s work”; Colorado College Summer Session Bulletin 1989 containing Chenoweth art reproductions.
Folder 13: Miscellaneous receipts relating to framing or purchase of Peggy Marshall’s Chenoweth art works.
[NOT PART OF ORIGINAL GIFT] Folder 14: Clippings and other information about Peggy Marshall, including obituaries.
Mary A. Chenoweth Collection, Part 3, Ms 0369A
Gift of Michael J. Duffy, student and friend of Mary A. Chenoweth, October 2011.
Ms 0369A Box 1 of 1
Folder 1: 22 handmade postcards (paintings, collages, chalk drawings) addressed to Duffy, 1992-1997, one with a drawing, one with four snapshots of Chenoweth’s work, one written on a photocopy of Chenoweth’s drawing of Alexandria, Egypt. 1 handmade postcard, not addressed. 1 collaborative postcard by Chenoweth and Duffy, addressed to Chenoweth.
Folder 2: 15 letters and notes from Chenoweth to Duffy, 1990s; 2 letters from Bernard Arnest, 1980s.
Folder 3: 3-page typed draft of Duffy’s article on Chenoweth dated September 21, 2011
maintained by Special Collections; last revised, 12-2017, jr.