Donated Works
“Many of her accomplishments were achieved during times in the twentieth century when women and blacks were forced to live with tremendous limitations.”
— Fern Gillespie, The Life and Legacy of Lois Mailou Jones, Howard Magazine, 1999

The Trust has donated over $500,000 of Loïs Mailou Jones' art work to permanent collections in her name to continue her legacy.  Below is detailed information on the donated works.

 Martha's Vineyard Hospital

Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Oak Bluffs, MA
The 4 donated works include Vévé Voudou, Ville d'Houdain, A Shady Nook and Polly Hill Farm.

Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Boston, MA
Among the 12 donated works are charcoal portraits from 1934, Vévé Voudou II, a 1963 oil and collage inspired by her time in Haiti; La Baker, an oversize acrylic on canvas tribute to Josephine Baker, Parisian dancer and humanitarian; and Céline, a 1940 watercolor portrait of her fellow student at the Académie Julian and life-long friend.


Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The 13 donated works include work from her first sabbatical in France, Arch of Septimus, 1938; her Haitian period, Panorama of Port au Prince, 1960; and her African travels, Dahomey, 1971.


Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
The 5 donated works include Vendors, Port au Prince, 1978 showcasing her use of bright, flat colors.


Mazza Museum International Art from Picture Books, Findlay, OHThe 14 donated works from the 1929-30 original drawings from the The Picture-Poetry Book by Gertrude McBrown.


Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC

Loïs' Babella, Paris, 1944 oil on canvas was donated to the Mint Museum of Art.


Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington, DC
The donated works include John F. Kennedy, 1963, printers proof, World Health Day printers proof, and United Nations 20 cents original stamp design.


Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA
The 5 donated works include Cabris, 1950 oil on canvas, the French home of her friend Céline Tabary and site of Loïs' wedding to Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël and Fishing Smacks, Menemsha, 1932 watercolor. Menemsha and other harbors on Martha's Vineyard were favorite plein air subjects.  Other bequests includes 16 original drawings by Lois for Carter G. Woodson's book African Heroes and Heroines 1937-38 and 13 original drawings by Loïs from The Picture-Poetry Book by Gertrude McBrown.


Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Among the 12 donated works is one of Loïs' earliest prize winners, Negro Youth, 1929, which won honorable mention at the 1930 Harmon Foundation Exhibition and striking works inspired by her travels—Suriname, 1982 Acrylic, Initiation, Liberia, 1983 Acrylic on canvas, and Moon Masque, 1971 Oil and collage on canvas featuring a Kwela mask from Zaire.


Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Loïs' Dahomey, 1971 acrylic was donated to the Hunter Museum of American Art.