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Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/11/1937
Birth Location:
Crenshaw, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/11/1937
Birth Location:
Crenshaw
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Biography

Sculptor Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly was born on September 11, 1937 in Crenshaw, Mississippi to Mattie Louise Williams and Floyd Pitchford. Jolly received her B.A. degree from Roosevelt University in 1961 and her M.A. degree from Governors State University in 1974, both in the State of Illinois.

From 1961 to 1965, Pitchford-Jolly taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. She worked as teacher and director at the Chicago Youth Center Head Start from 1965 to 1969. Pitchford-Jolly then worked as program director at the Chicago Commons from 1969 to 1974. In 1974, she worked as a professor of ceramic at Chicago State University and the education coordinator of the Suburban Health System Agency until 1981. From 1981 to 1985, she was a self-taught ceramic artist and sculptor at the Press Artisan 21 Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Pitchford-Jolly received an award in the Best Of Category at the Museum of Science and Industry in 1984. In 1986, she was recognized as a Top Ten Emerging Black Chicago Artist. A year later, Pitchford-Jolly worked as a curator at the Saphire and Crystals Black Women’s Art Exhibition. Her profile was featured in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and worked as an artist-in-residence for the Lakeside Group in 1988. Her work was also featured in the 2005 Chicago Woman’s Caucus for Art. In 2008, Pitchford-Jolly and David Philpot’s clay pots and carved wooden staffs were showcased in the “Kindred Spirits” Exhibit at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. Her art is also exhibited and sold at the Esther Saks Gallery and was seen in Columbia Motion Pictures film, Date Night 7.

Pitchford-Jolly served on the board of directors of Urban Traditions in 1984 and the Chicago Cultural Center in 1986; a board member of the African American Rountable in 1985; and on the Exhibition Committee at the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition, Pitchford-Jolly volunteered at the Southside Community Art Center. Also, she is the founder of the Mude People’s Black Women’s Resources Sharing Workshop.

Pitchford-Jolly lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Pitchford-Jolly was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 15, 2008.

Marva Pitchford-Jolly passed away on October 21, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls the community of Crenshaw, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls the community of Crenshaw, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her parents' courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes the smells and sounds of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes the sights of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her home in Crenshaw, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her relationship with her twin sister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her schooling in Crenshaw, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls her bedtime routine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her first grade teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her early interest in art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her childhood friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes race relations in Crenshaw, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls moving to her aunt's home in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her black history education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers her counselors at Englewood High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her graduation from Englewood High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls working at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls transferring to Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her art and music collection
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers the atmosphere of Roosevelt University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her work in community organizing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls joining the faculty of Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers teaching at Chicago State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about the South Side Community Arts Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes the Sapphire and Crystals art collective, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes the Sapphire and Crystals art collective, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her involvement in arts organizations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her philosophy of art
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her story pot about Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her artistic inspiration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her story pots
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly recalls her travels in Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her residency in Zambia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her sculpture, 'Old People Say'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly remembers the sale of an early story pot sculpture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about the spiritual component of her artwork
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her friends and family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly shares the 'Women of the World' story pot sculpture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly talks about her youngest brother
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly describes how she would like to be remembered