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African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project

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Mary Lovelace O'Neal [transcript pending]

Conducted by Kathryn Stine in 2003-2004 Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


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Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1942, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, a painter who also prints, is Professor Emerita from the University of California at Berkeley and former Chair of the Department of Art Practice. She retired from the University in 2006. She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, The San Francisco Art Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, Humboldt State University, Arcata, Ca, and Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Columbia, SA. She exhibits and lectures widely, both nationally and internationally. She is a graduate of Columbia, MFA (1969), and Howard Universities, BFA (1964). In this interview she discusses her childhood; her activism in the Civil Rights Movement; her mentors, artistic influences, and friendships; her studio practice and approaches to art; and her teaching experience, travels, and career.

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