Mid-Career:  1946—1977
“From the outset, Lois was endowed with four assets:  talent, energy, ambition and vision.  She was also persistent, unafraid of hard work and willing to make strategic decisions in the interest of her career.  These character traits served her well, sustaining her highly productive careers as a painter and a teacher.”
— Edmund Barry Gaither, Executive Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, 2009
One of 12 women to win the Women of 1946 award from the National Council of Negro Women, presented by president Mary McLeod Bethune.

Receives John Hope Prize for landscape for Ville d'Houdain, Pas-de-Calais, France at Atlanta University exhibition.

Receives award for Petite Ville en hautes-Pyrenéesfrom Corcoran Gallery of Art

Loïs Mailou Jones: Peintures 1937-1951 is published in Paris, a book of more than one hundred reproductions of Jones’ French paintings.

August 8: Marries award-winning Haitian graphic artist Louis Vergniaud Pierre-Noël in Cabris, France, Céline's home town. Initially, Pierre’s aristocratic family worried about him marrying an American and her family worried about her marrying a Haitian.

Receives oil painting award for Coin de la Place Maubert, Paris from Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Spends first summer as a wife teaching and painting in Haiti with Pierre. She teaches at the Centre d'Art and paints the people and landscape at the request of President Paul E. Magloire. While in Haiti she completes Peasant Girl, Haiti.

September 17: Haiti honors Loïs with the Diplôme et Décoration de l'Ordre National "Honneur et Mérite au Grade de Chevalier" for outstanding achievements in art. Her work is energized with bright colors and reflects the life of the people and their beliefs.

January: Loïs’ life-size portraits of Haitian president Paul Magloire and his wife are featured at a reception and solo exhibition of her Haitian works at the Pan American Union Building in Washington, D.C. during their state visit as guests of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Vice-President Richard Nixon and his wife returned the visit in March.

Nature Mort aux Géraniums, 1957 was painted in France and collected by Drs. Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. (Bill Cosby).

Receives award for design of publication Voici Haiti.

Receives watercolor First Award for Voodoo Worshippers, Haiti from Atlanta University. Receives oil painting First Award from National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C. for Fishing Smacks, Menemsha, Massachusetts.

July 12-August 20: Leads 27 students in first Howard University student tour of France. All students receive certificates. Lois Receives certificate from the Académie de la Grand Chaumière, Paris.

Spends summer painting in Haiti and France until 1966.

Leads Howard University faculty-student tour of Europe.

Leads five week "Around the World" tour for Howard University alumni.

Documents work and interviews contemporary Haitian artists for a Howard University "The Black Visual Arts" research grant.

November: Loïs and Pierre are featured in Ebony magazine.

Begins exhibiting work annually at The Art Club, Washington, D.C. and continues 1976.

Receives second "The Black Visual Arts" grant and travels to 11 African nations for research. Meets contemporary artists and takes slides of their work, and presents lectures in Africa and the US.

Lectures and researches in Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Dahomey, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Senegal

November: Research report Contemporary African Art is published by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in Washington, D.C.

September 30: Completes "The Black Visual Arts" research project. Over 1000 slides and boxes of material are given to Howard University archives.

Travels and paints in Africa and France. Completes Ode to Kinshasa.

Lectures and researches in Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, and Nigeria

Completes Ubi Girl from Tai Region.

Receives Howard University research grant for study "Women Artists of the Caribbean and Afro-American Artists."

Receives Howard University's Fine Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Travels to Haiti to report on current art scene.

Lecture and presentation of portrait to Senegal President Leopold Sanghor at the International Culture and Development Colloquium. Lois illustrated a limited edition portfolio of Sanghor’s poetry

October: Travels and paints in Senegal as Howard University's representative to International Colloquium on Culture and Development. Paints President Léopold Sédar Senghor.

Commissioned by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to design Founders Commemorative Window, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University.

May: Guest artist at FESTAC, Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture in Nigeria. Exhibits Moon Masque.

Retires from Howard University as professor emerita.

Textile design
Textile design from Loïs' early career.
Thomas Vreeland Jones
Thomas Vreeland Jones. Painted by Loïs in 1991.
Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston. Painted by Loïs.