Photograph copyright: The N. Jay Jaffee Trust


Website Photo credits:

Steve Gyurina, Artopia Giclée / Rachel B. Perry

Felrath Hines

N. Jay Jaffee

Suzanne Jenkins

Holly Sanford


Note: Colors shown on this website may vary from original artwork.




John Herron Art School, Indianapolis, IN

Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL, 1944-1946

Privately with Nahum Tschacbasov, New York, NY, 1947-1948

New York University, New York, NY, 1953-1955

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1950’s




Trustee, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MD, April 1990-January 1991 and October 1992 to October 1993

Chief Conservator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1980-1984

Chief Conservator, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1972-1980

Self-employed, Conservation Laboratory and Studio, New York, NY 1964-1971

Instructor, painting, Art Students League, New York, NY, 1969-1970

Instructor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1969-1970

Supervisory Conservator, Fine Arts Conservation Lab, New York, NY,1961-1964

On-call conservator, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1962-1972

Conservator to Miss Georgia O’Keeffe, 1967-1979

Many private conservation clients, including major museums and collectors throughout the United States, 1961-1991


EXHIBITIONS          *solo

Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN*

“It’s About Time: The Art of Felrath Hines”

June 22, 2019 to September 29, 2019

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

“Multiple Modernisms”

November 17, 2017 to January 31, 2019

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

         "19 Stars of Indiana: A Bicentennial Celebration"

         May 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017


Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN

         "200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy"

         March 19, 2016 to October 2, 2016


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

        "Statements: African American Art from the Museum's Collection"

         January 23, 2016 to September 25, 2016


Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

        "Black Fire: A Constant State of Revolution"

         September 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016


Evolve the Gallery, Sacramento, CA

         "Spiral: American Masters"

         April 2014


Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston, TX

         "Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves

         January 25 to March 23 2014


Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, FL*

         "Felrath Hines and the Question of Color"

         January 19 to May 12, 2013


Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

         "The Geometric Unconscious"

         October 5, 2012 to January 20, 2013


Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

         " New Art for the New Century: The Centennial Collection"

         May 4 to October 7, 2012


Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

         "Abstract Expressionism: Then and Now"

         May 5 to August 19, 2012


North Carolina Central University Art Museum, North Carolina Central

University, Durham, NC*

         "Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines"

         September 19 to December 10, 2010


Nasher Museum of Art/Duke University, Durham, NC

         "Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas"

         June 10 to September 5, 2010


University Museums/University of Delaware, Newark, DE

         "Abstract Relations"

         February 10 to June 6, 2010


Ackland Art Museum/The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

         "Color Balance", paintings by Felrath Hines and Jacob Lawrence

         January 15 to May 9, 2010


Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

         "Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury"

         July 4 to October 13, 2008


Picker Art Gallery/Colgate University, Hamilton, NY*

         “Abstract Illusions”

         February 1 to March 14, 2004


June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY*

         “Felrath HinesPaintings: 1960-85

         February 13 to March 13, 2004


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

         “Layers of Meaning: Collage and Abstraction in the Late 20th Century”

         February 8 to April 20, 2003


June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY*

         “Felrath Hines Encore   Paintings: 1958-1991”

         January 5 to February 5, 2002


Batista Gallery, Inc., Birmingham, MI

         “Three Visions”

         Opening: October 4, 2002


Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN*

         February 9 to March 9, 1996


The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA*

         “Explorations in Color and Form”

         February 4 to March 16, 1996


Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN*

            "Felrath Hines"

         October 7, 1995 to December 31, 1995


Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD

         “Geometric Abstractions”

         May 3-27, 1995


National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

           "Free Within Ourselves"

         October 28, 1994 to February 26, 1995


Gudelsky Gallery, Maryland College of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MD

         October 1-27, 1993

         April 5-23, 1993*


Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, D.C.

         May 26 to July 3, 1992

         March 24 to April 11, 1992*

         May 26 to June 13, 1987*

         March 11-29, 1986*


Mitchell Art Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD

         November 13 to December 14, 1989


Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD

         October 1-31, 1990

         October 29 to November 23, 1984*

         November 5 to December 4, 1979


Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

         January 21 to March 5, 1983


Barbara Fiedler Gallery, Washington, DC

         May 22 to June 15, 1979*

         February 4 to March 4, 1977*

         March 26 to April 7, 1976


Gallery K, Washington, DC

         November 6-30, 1979


Pavilion for Fine Arts, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD



Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia        

         July 1976


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Two Centuries of Black American Art”, organized by the Museum Associates of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

September 30 to November 21, 1976

(Exhibition travelled to the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY)


Pratt Institute, Faculty Show, New York, NY



Finch College Museum of Art, New York, NY

         September 14 – 29, 1971


Art Center Gallery, Stout State University, Menomonie, WI

         “Eleven NY Area Black Artists”, March 3 - ?, 1970


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

         “Afro-American Artists: Boston and New York”

         May 19 to June 23, 1970


Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, NY

         (exhibition and benefit sale for Studio Museum in Harlem)

         January 27 – 31, 1970


Waltann School of Creative Art, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

         December 4 – 6, 1970


Lee Nordness Galleries, New York, NY

“Twelve Afro-American Artists”, sponsored by the NAACP Special Contribution Fund

         January 22 to February 8, 1969


Gimbel’s, New York, NY

         “Twelve Afro-American Artists”

         Late February, 1969


J.L.Hudson Gallery, Detroit, MI

         ? 1969


Gallery of Modern Art, New York, NY

 “Professionals Who Teach: An Exhibition of Instructors at the Art Students League of New York, 1969 – 1970”

July 1 to August 28, 1969


Nassau Community College, Firehouse Gallery, New York, NY

         ? – October 22, 1968


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

         “In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

         October 31 to November 3, 1968


Harlem Cultural Council exhibit, New York, NY

         “The Art of the American Negro”

         June 27 to July 25, 1966


Spiral Group exhibition, New York, NY

         “Spiral Black and White Exhibition”

         May 14 to June 4, 1965


Temple Emanu-El, Yonkers, NY

         May 15 – 29, 1965


Grippi Gallery, New York, NY

         October 17 to November 10, 1962


Provincetown Annual Arts Festival, Provincetown, MA

         July 15 to August 17, 1958

 Barnett Aden Gallery, Washington, D.C.

         "Contemporary American Artist Group", 14th Anniversary Exhibition,         

         October 12, 1957 to January 12, 1958

         "Contemporary American Artist Group: New York and Washington",         

          October 14, 1956 to January 1957


John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis, IN

         “50th Annual Indiana Artists Exhibition”, June 2 to September 1, 1957

         “48th Annual Indiana Artists Exhibition”, May 1 – 29, 1955


Atlanta University Library, Atlanta, GA ,



Riverside Museum, New York, NY

         Spring, 1955


Parma Gallery, New York, NY

         ?, 1954

         Spring 1955?

         February 4 –23, 1957*

         December 4 – 24, 1958

         February 24 to March 14, 1959*


John Heller Gallery, New York, NY

         December 21, 1954 to January 8, 1955


Creative Gallery, New York, NY

         February 19 to March 3, 1951*


New York, NY, 1950’s: Contemporary Gallery, A.C.A. Gallery, Argent Gallery, Chinese Gallery, Roko Gallery





 "African American Art since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center" organized by the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland

Exhibition Venues:

         David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

9/20 to 12/14, 2012

         Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH

                  2/15 to 4/28, 2013

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts, Charlottesville, NC

         10/16, 2013 to 6/15, 2014

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

          9/15, 2014 to 1/4, 2015

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL

         3/21, 2015 to 6/29, 2015

Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

         9/29, 2015 to 1/3, 2016


"African American Art – Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Era and Beyond"

organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Exhibition Venues:

            Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

4/27 to 9/3, 2012

Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

         9/28, 2012 to 1/6, 2013

The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL

         2/1 to 4/28, 2013

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

         6/1 to 9/2, 2013

National Academy Museum, NY

         9/13, 2013 to 1/5, 2014

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

         2/24 to 5/25, 2014

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

         6/28 to 9/21, 2014


"Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from Yale University Art Gallery", organized by Yale University and the University of Maryland

Exhibition Venues:

         David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

                  9/16 to 10/29, 2010

         Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT

                  2/18 to 6/26, 2011


“African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum”, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and supported by the Smithsonian Special Exhibitions Fund

Exhibition venues:

         New York Historical Society New York, NY 4/1 to 6/1 2003

         Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN6/28 to 9/7 2003

         The Cummer Museum of Art and Garden, Jacksonville, FL10/2 to

11/30 2003

         Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH1/8 to 3/7 2004

         Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH 4/3 to 6/7 2004

         The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE7/2 to 9/5 2004

         Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA10/3 to 11/28 2004

         Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT1/8 to 2/28 2005

          Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA 3/24 to 5/13



“To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities”, organized by Addison Gallery of American Art and Studio Museum in Harlem

Exhibition venues:

          Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 3/17 to 7/11/1999

          Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, 8/31 to 10/31/1999

          The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 11/20/1999 to


          Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2/19 to 4/30/2000

          Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery with the High Museum, Atlanta,

GA 6/6 to 9/25/2000

North Carolina Central University Art Museum, with Duke University Museum of Art and the Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, NC

                  10/15 to 12/1/2000

           Fisk University with Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

       1/2 to 3/31/2001

           Hampton University Art Museum with the Chrysler Museum,

                   Hampton and Norfolk, VA, 4/22

                    to 7/29/2001


“Still Working” (Underknown Artists of Age in America), organized by the Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Exhibition venues:

         Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 6/15/94 to 8/21/94

         Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, 10/22/94 to 12/23/94

         IBM Gallery, New York, NY, 1/24/95 to 3/10/95

         Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, VA, 3/26/95 to 5/7/95

         Fischer Art Gallery at USC, Los Angeles, CA, 9/6/95 to 11/8/95

         Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, 1/24/96 to 3/27/96


“Contemporary American Black Artists” organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC

Exhibition Venues:

         University of North Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA,  10/18/69 to 11/6/69

         Nevada Art Gallery, Reno, NV, 12/6/69 to 1/4/70

         Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw MI, 1/24/70 to 2/22/70

         Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, 3/14/70 to 4/12/70

         State College of Eastern Connecticut, Willimantic,CT, 5/2/70 to


         Carroll Reese Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City,

TN 6/20/70 to 7/19/70

         Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, IA, 8/8/70 to 9/6/70

         Paul Sargent Gallery, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 10/70

         University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 11/14/70 to 12/13/70

         Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Cheekwood, Nashville,TN 1/2/70 to


         Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA, 2/20/71 to 3/21/71

         Canton Art Institute, North Canton, OH, 4/10/71 to 5/9/71

         Museum of Art, Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, ME, 4/10/71 to 5/9/71

         Arnot Art Gallery, Elmira, NY, 9/4/71 to 10/3/71


“30 Contemporary Black Artists” organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Exhibition Venues:

         Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 10/17 to 11/24/68

         High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, 12/15/68 to 1/12/69

         Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, 1/31/69 to 3/1/69

         Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, 3/16/69 to 4/13/69

         IBM Gallery of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY, 4/28/69 to 5/29/69

         Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI, July,


         Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY, 8/22/69 to


         San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, 11/16/69 to


         Contemporary Arts Association, Houston, TX, 1/20/70 to 2/16/70

         New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 3/13/70 to 4/26/70

         Roberson Center for the Arts & Sciences, Binghamton, NY, 7/12/70 to


Art Galleries, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 9/22/70 to



“Little International Show” organized by Olsen Foundation, Inc. (1950’s)