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curator , educator , graphic designer

Wendy Claire McDaris, American curator, educator, graphic designer.


McDaris, Wendy Claire was born on February 7, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Oliver Gordon and Rita Claire (Gay) Oldham.


Bachelor in English Literature, Washington University, St. Louis, 1972. Master of Fine Arts, University Memphis, 1990.


Director, principal McDaris Exhibit Group, Memphis, since 1990. Assistant professor art, art history University Memphis, since 1990. Visiting professor art, arts administration University Mississippi, Oxford, 1995-1996.

Board directors Art Today-Contemporary Art Acquisition Group for Memphis Brooks Museum Art, Memphis, since 1995. Consultant special projects Memphis College Art, since 1995.


  • Other Work

    • Author, co-editor: Elvis & Marilyn: 2X Immortal, 1994. Co-author, co-designer: Educators Guide: Danzig 1939, 1988 (1st prize Tennessee Association Museum 1988). Design consultant: Images of Power: Bacinese Paintings Made for Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, 1995.

      Curator: (exhibition) Elvis & Marilyn. 2X Immortal, 1994. Designer, conceptual author: Muddy Waters: Big Blues, Small World.


Judge Memphis Theatre Awards, 1986-1988, Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, University Mississippi, Oxford, 1995. Curatorial advisor Tennessee State Museum Bicentennial Advisory Panel, Nashville, since 1995. Member American Association Museum, College Art Association, Association Independent Historians of Art, Society of Arts, Religion, Culture, National Association Museum Exhibitors, Kappa Kappa Gamma.


Married Robert Lester McDaris, November 2, 1977 (deceased June 1991). Children: Glynnis Claire, Blaise Rory.

Oliver Gordon Oldham

Rita Claire (Gay) Oldham

Robert Lester McDaris

Glynnis Claire McDaris

Blaise Rory McDaris