Mary Huntoon: Artist & Art Therapist

Kenneth Spencer Research Library Exhibit Space, third floor

This collaborative exhibition is co-curated by staff from the Spencer Museum and Spencer Research Library and showcases the career of Kansas artist and art therapist Mary Huntoon (1896–1970). Although she was a key figure in printmaking and in the founding of art therapy, Huntoon’s work is largely unknown outside the Midwest. The show includes artwork by Huntoon, as well as photographs and ephemera from her personal records drawn from the Spencer Museum and Spencer Research Library’s collections.

This exhibition is organized by three themes: Huntoon’s contributions to the development of the field of art therapy, her artistic career, and an inside look at the conservation examinations and treatments completed on some of the works displayed. Mary Huntoon: Artist & Art Therapist is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of an initiative to build on existing resources and relationships and provide more collaborative stewardship of the collections at KU Libraries and the Spencer Museum of Art.

Kenneth Spencer Research Library is located at 1450 Poplar Lane, directly behind Strong Hall and across from the Campanile. All are welcome to visit the exhibit during current hours of operation, which can be found on the Spencer Research Library website.

Selected images