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Geraldine McCullough

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Professor
Painter
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
The Dao That Has Been Spoken Is Not The Dao.

Birthplace

Born:
12/1/1917
Birth Location:
Kingston, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Professor
Painter
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
The Dao That Has Been Spoken Is Not The Dao.

Birthplace

Born:
12/1/1917
Birth Location:
Kingston
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Biography

Renowned sculptor and painter Geraldine McCollough was born Geraldine Hamilton on December 1, 1917 in Kingston, Arkansas, and raised in Chicago from the time she was three years old. McCullough attended the Art Institute of Chicago for undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving her B.A. degree in 1948 and her M.A. degree in art education in 1955. As a student, she earned a John D. Standecker Scholarship, a Memorial Scholarship and a Figure Painting Citation.

After completing her graduate studies, McCullough taught art at Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago. She also began exhibiting her paintings at various national galleries, receiving first prize in 1961 at the Art Exhibit of Atlanta University. With help from her husband, Lester McCullough, she took up welded sculpture and made her sculpting debut in 1963 at the Century of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago. She received the George D. Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture in 1965 for her steel and copper structure, Phoenix.

In 1967, she became the chairperson of the Art Department at Rosary College (later Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois. Upon her retirement from the school in 1989, she was given an honorary doctorate.

McCullough’s various works were informed by African ritual art to European and American influences. She was a distinguished guest artist of the Russian government and her work was exhibited at such respected institutions as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the National Woman’s Museum.

McCullough passed away on December 15, 2008 at the age of 91.

McCullough was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 12, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Geraldine McCullough's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Geraldine McCullough lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Geraldine McCullough describes her grandfather, Jesse C. Duke
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Geraldine McCullough talks about her grandfather, Jesse C. Duke, escaping the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Geraldine McCullough talks about her mother's education and her parents' migration to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Geraldine McCullough describes her uncle Charles S. Duke's contribution to architecture in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Geraldine McCullough describes visiting the Field Museum of Natural History
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Geraldine McCullough describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Geraldine McCullough describes her father, Hugh Hamilton
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Geraldine McCullough describes her father's occupation and his personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Geraldine McCullough talks about moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Geraldine McCullough describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up on Chicago's South Side
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Geraldine McCullough describes her personality and interest in drawing as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Geraldine McCullough remembers her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Geraldine McCullough describes attending Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Geraldine McCullough shares her views on religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Geraldine McCullough talks about the Baptist church she attended as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Geraldine McCullough describes her art teacher at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Geraldine McCullough talks about getting married
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Geraldine McCullough describes attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Geraldine McCullough describes teaching art at Phillips High School in Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Geraldine McCullough talks about becoming a sculptor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Geraldine McCullough talks about learning to weld
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Geraldine McCullough talks about learning to make jewelry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Geraldine McCullough describes leaving Rosary College to become a full-time artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Geraldine McCullough talks about winning the Widener Gold Medal in 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Geraldine McCullough describes the symbolism of the Phoenix in her artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Geraldine McCullough talks about drawing inspiration from non-Western art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Geraldine McCullough talks about dream and reality in her artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Geraldine McCullough describes the unconscious organization of space in her art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Geraldine McCullough talks about abstract art and realism in her art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Geraldine McCullough talks about her artistic process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Geraldine McCullough talks about the interpretation of her artwork
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Geraldine McCullough talks about the Black Aesthetic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Geraldine McCullough describes her art piece "Echo"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Geraldine McCullough describes the art business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Geraldine McCullough talks about governmental support of the arts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Geraldine McCullough talks about her friend, Margot McMahon Burke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Geraldine McCullough talks about art training
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Geraldine McCullough gives advice to young artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Geraldine McCullough talks about her public art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Geraldine McCullough describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Geraldine McCullough describes her favorite sculptures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Geraldine McCullough reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Geraldine McCullough describes how she would like to be remembered and her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Geraldine McCullough narrates her photographs