Timeline

1910
Born in Fox Valley, OR, the sixth of eight children
1932
Graduates from High School in Beaumont, Texas
1934
First studio was in Edmonds, shared with Guy Anderson
1936
Begins to paint for the Federal Art Project
1940
Built studio, “The Rock,” on Fidalgo Island
1953
Featured in LIFE magazine's “The Mystic Painters of the Northwest”
1954
Built home in Edmonds called “Careläden”
1962
published in The Artist’s Voice by Katherine Kuh, Harper & Row
1974
The Drawings of Morris Graves published by The Drawings Society, Inc., New York
2001
Dies in May at The Lake in Loleta, California

Exhibitions

2012
"State of Nature," Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2012
"Past as Prologue – Preview 2012," Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2010
“Morris Graves: Paintings and Drawings 1934-1995,” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID (solo)
2005–2010
"Eloquent Flower VIX - XV," Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2004
Eloquent Flower VIII." Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2004
“Birds & Flowers” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID (solo)
2003–2004
2003-4 "Northwest Mythologies: Mark Toby, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
2003
“A Bird in Hand: Morris Graves from the Permanent Collection,”University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, OR (solo)
2003
“Morris Graves,” Foster-White Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo)
2003
"Eloquent Flower VII" Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2003
“Aviary” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2003
"The Edge of Tomorrow: Price, Toby and Graves form the 1940s," Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2002–2003
Morris Graves: Paintings and Drawings 1937-1995," Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID(solo)
2002
“Morris Graves: Reconciling Inner and Outer Realities, 1932-1983,” traveling exhibition(solo)
2002
"A Tribute to Morris Graves," memorial exhibition at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC(solo)
2002
"Morris Graves in Seattle," Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (solo)
2001
"Sounds of the Inner Eye: Mark Toby, Morris Graves, John Cage," Kunsthalle
2001
Bremen, Germany and Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA
2001
"Offerings From the Lake: Morris Graves in the Balabanis Gallery," Morris Graves Museum of Art, Humbolt Arts Council, Eureka, CA
2001
“The Eloquent Flower, VI” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2001
23rd Annual Holiday Show, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2000
"Instruments for a New Navigation," Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York, NY, traveling show (solo)
1999
“The Early Works,” Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC(solo)
1999
“The Early Works,” Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX (solo)
1999
“Past, Present, Future,” 21st Annual Holiday Show, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1999
“Flora - A Common Thread V”, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1998
“A Common Thread”, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1998
“Animism: Icon, Metaphor, Myth,” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1998
“The Early Works,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, CT (solo)
1998
“The Early Works,” Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA(solo)
1998
"Morris Graves: Paintings 1931-1997," Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT (solo)
1997
ArtFair/Seattle, Gail Severn Gallery, Seattle, WA
1997
“The Eloquent Flower IV,” Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1996
“Flower Paintings” exhibition at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1988
Exhibition with Schmidt-Bingham in New York, NY, five more through 1996
1985
Exhibits in “The Spiritual in Art” at Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1983
Retrospective exhibition travels to Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Oakland Museum, Seattle Art Museum and San Diego Art Museum
1981
Exhibition with Willard Gallery, New York, NY
1975
Exhibition with Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA, five more through 1996
1942
Exhibition at Willard Gallery in New York, NY, thirteen more through 1981
1942
Annual Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1933
Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, eight more through 1996

Public Collections

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian Institute) Washington, DC
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC