Artist NameInez Nathaniel Walker (American, 1907-1990)
TitleTwo People in Profile
Date of Artwork1976
MediumPencil, colored pencil, and felt-tip pen on paper
SizeBequest of Pat O'Brien Parsons, class of 1951, 2016.28.04, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Further Information

In 2019, the Loeb Art Center held the first monographic museum exhibition of the self-taught artist Inez Nathaniel Walker. Many of Walker's drawings, featuring distinctive figures in profile and a vivid palette, and oftentimes composed on notebook paper, were produced at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York, where Walker was an inmate in the 1970s. There she met Pat O'Brien Parsons, an art dealer and Vassar alumna who began showing and collecting Walker's works, many of which Parsons later donated to the Loeb. This subject matter made the exhibition relevant to the course Religion, Prisons, and the Civil Rights Movement, team-taught and cross-listed in Religion and Africana Studies.