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Marie DelleneyMarie Delleney was born in Coleman, Texas in 1902. She received her BS in 1926 from Texas State College for Women (TSCW) and her MA from Columbia University in 1927. She spent summers doing post-graduate study and traveling, sketching and painting. Her travels included trips to Mexico, the south, southwest, northwest and eastern and New England states as well as various countries abroad. She studied under Charles Martin, Provincetown, MA; attended Harvard University on a Carnegie Fellowship; and studied at the Art Center, LosAngeles, CA. She taught at Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College and at the Texas Technological College in Lubbock before starting her teaching career at TSCW in 1929.

Her field was fashion illustration, interior design, and beginning design, but she worked and exhibited in oil, watercolor, graphic arts, metal, jewelry, and ceramics. Exhibitions included the First and Second National Exhibition of American Art, New York City; the Midwestern Artists Exhibition, Kansas City Art Institute; Texas Centennial Exhibition, Dallas; Pan-American Exhibition, Dallas; and many annual exhibitions of Texas Artists. She had a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1943. The exhibit included oils, watercolor, prints, drawing, several pewter pieces, and a painting on fabric. A Dallas Morning News article stated, "Ms. Delleney paints carefully but with assurance. Her stylizations are calculated and when the Provincetown scenes or flower studies verge into abstraction, it is with her full knowledge. Among the most interesting pictures in the show are those of Mexican subject matter." She was praised for her linear, curving, angular and cubistic compositions.

One of her paintings, Houses Provincetown, was purchased by the New York World's Fair Association after being exhibited at the fair in 1939. It was then presented to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1944, Ms. Delleney was a finalist in a contest sponsored by the Chicago Tribune for garment design.

Her earlier work included portraits and still lifes, but in the mid-forties, she became interested in combining textural materials with paint. Works created were mostly abstractions because, according to Ms. Delleney, "non-objective work fits itself better to this type of work."

Ms. Delleney created a large cross in the chancel screen of the First Christian Church in Denton. The church was designed by O'Neal Ford.

Ms. Delleney was an associate professor in the department of art for 35 years. She taught in the field of fashion from 1929 until her retirement from TWU in 1964. She also worked as a fashion artist for Sanger Brothers and Titche-Goettinger, Dallas. Ms. Delleney died June 4, 1967.

Paradise Lily (edition 22)
Paradise Lily (edition 22), n.d.
Courtesy of Dorothy Bertine

Untitled, n.d.
Courtesy of Texas Woman's University

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