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Gordon Waverly Gilkey

Gordon Waverly Gilkey, American curator, artist.


  • Gilkey, Gordon Waverly was born on March 10, 1912 in Albany, Oregon, United States. Son of Leonard Ernest and Edna Isabel (Smith) Gilkey.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Albany College, 1933. Master of Fine Arts, University Oregon, 1936. Doctor of Arts (honorary), Lewis and Clark College, 1957.

      Doctor in Arts and Humanities (honorary), Oregon State University, 2000.


    • Member art staff Stephens College, Missouri, 1939-1942. Professor art, head department Oregon State University, 1947-1964. Dean Oregon State University (School Humanities and Social Sciences), 1963-1973, Oregon State University (College Liberal Arts), 1973-1977.

      Curator prints and drawings Portland (Oregon) Art Museum, from 1978. Professor and printmaker-in-resident Pacific Northwest College Art, from 1978. Special assistant to executive director Portland Art Museum, 1988-1994.

      Director International Exc. Print Exhibits, 1956-1978. United States adviser IV Bordighera Biennale, Italy, 1957.

      Chairman Governor's Planning Council for Arts and Humanities in, Oregon, 1965-1967. Member Governor's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies.


    • Official etcher New York World's Fair, 1939, 1937-1939. Etcher National Broadcasting Company, Radio City, New York City, 1937-1939. Artist-author: Etchings: New York World's Fair, 1939.

      Contributor articles on art. Major work in permanent collection, Metropolitan Museum Art, others.


    Trustee Oregon State University Foundation. Board governors Pacific Northwest College Art. Colonel United States Army Air Corps, 1942-1947, retired.

    Member American Print Alliance (board directors), Portland Art Museum (founder), Society of America Graphic Artists, California Society Printmakers, College Art Association, United Nations Association Oregon (past president), Oregon International Council (board directors), Print Council of America, Northwest Print Council (trustee), Northwest College Art (board governors), Oregon St. University Foundation (trustee), Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Pi.


    • Married Vivian Malone, October 17, 1938 (deceased September 1995). 1 son, Gordon Spencer.
    • father: Leonard Ernest Gilkey
    • mother: Edna Isabel (Smith) Gilkey
    • spouse: Vivian Malone
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    Born March 10, 1912
    Died October 28, 2000
    (aged 88)
    • 1933
      Albany College
    • 1936
      University Oregon
    • 1957
      Lewis and Clark College
    • 1939 - 1942
      Member, art staff Stephens College
      Missouri, United States
    • 1947 - 1964
      professor, department Oregon State University
    • 1947 - 1964
      head, department Oregon State University
    • 1963 - 1973
      dean Oregon State University (School Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • 1973 - 1977
      dean Oregon State University (School Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • 1988 - 1994
      special assistant, to executive director Portland Art Museum
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