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Thetis Aline LemmonThetis Aline Lemmon was born January 31, 1907, in Dallas, where she attended Dallas public schools.  She received her BS degree from Texas State Teachers College for Women (TSCW) in Denton, TX, in 1929 and her MA from Columbia University in 1933.  After graduating from Columbia, she returned to TSCW to teach jewelry, metalworking, and drawing classes.  In addition to creating jewelry, she continued to paint in watercolor, oil, and casein throughout her career.

Exhibitions included the Modern Show, Provincetown, MA, in 1933 and a solo exhibition of jewelry, metalwork, and wall hangings at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1934.  She was among an elite group of silversmiths invited to participate in a national workshop at Rhode Island School of Design sponsored by Handy and Harmon.  Her work was included in the 1936 Texas Centennial Exhibition, and she collaborated on a mural for that celebration with Dallas artist Otis Dozier.  Her paintings were exhibited in exhibitions of the Denton Art League, numerous exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Ney Museum, Austin; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, Kansas City; Brooklyn Museum of Art; and The University of Texas, Austin.

Some of the tiles inside the old TWU administration building were designed by Lemmon.  In 1964, TWU presented gifts of jewelry designed and created by Thetis Lemmon to Lady Bird Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson, Luci Baines Johnson, and President Lyndon Johnson.

Ms. Lemmon died in Denton in 1987

Reference:    Jan Brooks, Santa Fe, NM

Necklace with variscite bead
Necklace with variscite bead, n.d.
silver stone
Courtesy of Gayla Wilkinson Robles

Providence Town
Proidence Town, n.d.
watercolor
Courtesy of Jack and Gail Davis

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