Museum Advocates Remembered

The University Museum is deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Marty Vinograd and Joan Lutkin Stevens. Both women were active supporters of the Museum and of arts and culture initiatives throughout the community.

Joan Lutkin Stevens

With her husband, Forrest Stevens, Joan became instrumental in creating the Richton, MS Arts Council. Serving an active, artistic, and philanthropic role across Richton, Laurel and Hattiesburg, she was honored with an appearance in the First Edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. Joan served on the board of the Mississippi Art Association for many years.

In 2004, Joan and W. Forrest Stevens gifted 45 pieces of their art collection to the University Museum. The artists in the collection range from William Dunlap and Bess Dawson, to Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol. This generous gift enriches the Museum’s 20th century American art collections. Joan passed away September 7, 2014 in Dallas, Texas and is survived by her husband, twin daughters, two grandchildren and two half-brothers.

Marty Vinograd

Marty Vinograd was a prominent artist whose portraits and collages earned her awards and honors from Los Angeles to France. Many of her pieces were whimsical, thoughtful and infused with deep appreciation and meaning.

Her definitive Faulkner collage hangs in the mezzanine of the University of Mississippi’s Outreach Center. Her commissioned depictions of epic Civil War moments, Israeli prime ministers, and political figures have been showcased internationally. Three of her “Persian Tree” series are held in the permanent collection of the Seymour Lawrence Gallery of American Art at the University Museum. Marty passed away July 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas and is survived by her husband, sister, four children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

If you would like to contribute in honor of Joan Lutkin Stevens or Marty Vinograd, contact Angela Barlow Brown at the UM Foundation at 662.915.3181 or Gifts may also may be made by mailing a check to the University Museum, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677, noting the Marty Vinograd or Joan Lutkin Stevens memorial gifts, or by clicking here.