Lee Godie Memorial Gallery

Lee Godie (1908-1994) was a dominant figure for the last 25 years of her life on the Chicago art scene. She was a flamboyant and colorful outsider or naive artist.

Lee Godie has been the focus of TV interviews and many articles in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Art in America, Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and others.

Her works are in the permanent collections of many museums including the Smithsonian, the National Museum of American Art, and Institution Arkansas Arts Center.

Chicago Proclamation - 1991

In a proclamation issued in the City of Chicago the last paragraph reads "NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD M. DALEY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim September 6-October 8, 1991, to be LEE GODIE EXHIBITION MONTH IN CHICAGO and urge all citizens to pay homage to a gifted artist."

Artist - Lee Godie: A 20-Year Retrospective - 1993-1994

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs organized an exhibition from November 13, 1993 through January 16, 1994 in the Exhibit Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center. Twenty-four individual lenders provided over 160 items. "Indeed, we can speculate that Godie is by now included in more collections in this metropolitan area than any other single artist", acknowledged Gregory G. Knight, Director of Visual Art for the Cultural Center, in his foreword. Michael Bonesteel, Pioneer Press art critic, was the guest curator. Her friends are grateful to them and the Cultural Center for a wonderful celebration of her work while she was still living and able to receive this tribute.

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