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Betty Parsons Gulf of Mexico, c.  1951 Oil and gouache on masonite Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation

Three Paintings: Richard Mayhew, Betty Parsons, Jane Wilson


This focused installation brings together the work of three Long Island artists who boldly paved their own creative paths. Mayhew (b. 1924), Parsons (1900-1982), and Wilson (1924-2015) each created abstract paintings inspired, in part, by their experiences of nature, specific landscapes, or weather. They all worked in New York City during the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant style. Artists of color and artists who were women were sidelined by many galleries and museums throughout the twentieth century. Mayhew and Wilson forged careers by teaching and by joining artist collectives (Spiral for Mayhew; Hansa Gallery for Wilson), while Parsons started her own influential commercial art gallery.

Museum Hours: 

Thursday – Sunday
12 – 5 pm

Monday – Wednesday

The Heckscher Museum of Art
2 Prime Avenue
Huntington, New York