Painting of former OLLU art professor featured at McNay exhibition

A current exhibition at the McNay Art Museum includes “Star Gazing in Texas,” painted by the late Ida O’Keeffe, once the head of the art department at Our Lady of the Lake College.

O’Keeffe taught several courses, including “Painting” and “History of Art,” while serving as the only full-time art professor at OLL during the 1938-1939 academic year and the summer of 1939. She is the younger sister of Georgia O’Keeffe, the late artist who is considered the “Mother of Modern Americanism.” 

While at OLL in the fall of 1938, O’Keefe painted “Star Gazing in Texas,” a composition that continues through the frame itself. The painting is featured in the McNay exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe and American Modernism.” 

The exhibition started in January and continues through May 8. OLLU students, faculty and staff can gain free admission to the McNay and all exhibitions with their OLLU ID.

Ida O’Keeffe left OLL in 1939 and went to Cuba, where she visited family and continued painting.

To learn more about Ida O’Keeffe’s life and works, listen to a virtual talk here: