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Mary Burnett Kirkwood, 1904–1995, joined the University of Idaho faculty as professor of painting, composition, and history of painting, a position she held for 40 years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Montana and a master of fine arts from the University of Oregon and completed graduate study at the Royal Art School in Sweden and the College of Art Study Abroad in Paris.
In her March 7, 1977, letter to Franck, Kirkwood writes that in retirement she has “stuck with her forte, which is figure painting.” She adds, “…many of these paintings are quite large because I feel most comfortable with big brushes and a big scale.” Her work was exhibited extensively throughout the Northwest and East Coast, and she received numerous awards and honors.
This collection consists of Christmas cards designed and made by University of Idaho Art Professor Mary Kirkwood sent to Fred Franck, former University of Idaho Foreign Languages professor. A 1947 photograph of Professor Kirkwood and copies of her Christmas letter sent to family and friends are also included.
Mary Kirkwood Christmas Cards Collection, MG 5771. Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.