|Maud Gatewood's senior yearbook photograph, 1954|
Gatewood passed away in 2004 from complications after a stroke. She received many awards and recognitions throughout her life, including first place awards in North Carolina Artists’ annual competitions, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, the Governor’s North Carolina Award in Fine Arts (1984), and the UNCG Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. She received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UNCG in 1999, where she was touted for her “uncommon artistic talents, [her] significant achievements as a daughter of the University, and for [her] dedication to the spirit of public service which [her] alma mater so steadfastly values.”
Gatewood was well known for saying little about her own paintings. In a 1968 Charlotte News article, she stated, “I’ve got almost nothing to say. I just paint pictures." When asked about the subject matter of her art, she said, “What I’m trying to paint are relationships, formal relationships: light and color and forms. There might be messages, but I think a lot of times painters know less about what their painting says than anybody else.”
Special Collections and University Archives has the Maud Gatewood Collection, which contains professional activities, correspondence, subject files, sketches, and sketchbooks. Maud drew extensively, capturing the scenes and people around her as well as plotting out future paintings. The sketches that would become paintings are recognizable by their placement within a sketched square box, like these sketches:
|Preliminary drawing for Consuming Cause, c. 1990|
|Preliminary drawing for Ugly Saturday, c. 1989|
An exhibit, Maud Gatewood: Sketches, is currently on display in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. This exhibit is a part of the Maud Gatewood Trail, a series of exhibits of Maud Gatewood’s paintings across North Carolina and Virginia. This Fall, eighteen sites will be mounting exhibits of Gatewood paintings. More information can be found in this brochure: http://www.uncg.edu/art/documents/events/GatewoodTrail.pdf.
This post is one in a series focused on the 2015 North Carolina Archives Month theme "Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts, and Music Traditions." North Carolina Archives Month, celebrated each October, is an annual observance of the agencies and people responsible for maintaining and making available the archival and historical records of our nation, state, communities, and people.