Late Career & Passing: 1978—1998
“Loïs Mailou Jones left a rich corpus of paintings that show the restlessness of her creative expression, ability and willingness to respond to all that life offered her.”
— Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, 2009
Receives Award of Appreciation from the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Washington, D.C.

One of ten artists given Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

Receives honorary doctorate in humane letters, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts.

April 27: Husband Pierre passes in Washington, D.C.

May 16: Washington, D.C. television reporter Max Robinson purchases Leigh Whipper and arranges for Madame Lillian Evanti to go to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Chou-Fleur et Citrouille, Paris to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It takes almost six years to complete the acquisitions.

Abiyi Ford presents her film Loïs Mailou Jones: Fifty Years of Painting at Howard University.

Paints and exhibits work in Martha's Vineyard during the summer of 1983.

May: Receives honorary doctorate in humane letters, Howard University with First Lady, Barbara Bush, and Camille Cosby.

Commissioned to design 366th World War II Infantry Regiment commemorative window, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University.

May: Travels to France to visit Céline and completes 8 paintings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist style, including large en plein air landscapes. She felt she had come “full circle” as impressionism was her favorite style when she first went to France fifty years earlier and admired the work of master artists.

Paints at Edgartown studio, Martha's Vineyard during the summer of 1989.

November: Meets President and Mrs. Jacques Chirac of France at a reception arranged by the U.S. State Department in New York City and presents them with Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, 1938.

November 3: Loïs has a heart attack and heart bypass surgery ten days later.

January: Solo retrospective The World of Loïs Mailou Jones travels the country with 17 exhibits. She speaks at a reception at each location. Exhibition travels until August 1996.

October 26 and 27: Visiting professor at Harvard and Radcliffe, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

November 2: Danny Glover's Bomani Art Gallery in San Francisco held a solo exhibition called The Art of Loïs Mailou Jones featuring a representation of her contemporary work. Exhibition held until January 1993.

October: The Ascent of Ethiopia is chosen as cover art for new Harvard University Press book To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature.

Visiting artist at Harvard College until 1993

August: President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton meet Loïs at the Granary Gallery on Martha's Vineyard and select Breezy Day at Gay Head for the White House.

The Life and Art of Loïs Mailou Jones, written by former student Dr. Tritobia Hayes Benjamin, is published.

November 3: Corcoran Gallery birthday party for Loïs during The World of Loïs Mailou Jones exhibit and a public apology for previous prejudicial policies.

Lecture— African through the Eyes of Women Artists: The Art Perspective of Lois Jones

September: Designs poster for Cry, the Beloved Country with James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. The original art is given to Nelson Mandela.

April: Arranges for Pierre's work to be donated to the National Postal Museum.

Les Fétiches and The Ascent of Ethiopia are shown in an international exhibit Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance.

June 9: Loïs passes in Washington, D.C. June 20 and is buried in Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA.

Howard University holds special exhibit Remembering Loïs.

Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Color
"Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Color," 2007, by Chris Chapman
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Solo retrospective at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, November 14, 2009 - February 28, 2010
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Solo retrospective at the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, July 3 - September 26, 2010
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Solo retrospective at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, October 10, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Solo retrospective at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, January 30 - April 24, 2011
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Solo retrospective at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, July 12 - September 16, 2012
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Solo retrospective at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, February 3 - March 31, 2013