Jim McLean prints
Educator and printmaker, Jim McLean was born in Gibsland, Louisiana in 1928. He received his undergraduate degree in Education from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University Southwestern Louisiana) in 1950, a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1953 from Perkins School of Theology, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Tulane University in 1961. McLean exhibited extensively in group shows as well as solo exhibitions. He served as Assistant Professor of Art and Associate Professor at La Grange College, La Grange, Georgia, as well as Associate Professor of Art at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Named Professor Emeritus of the School of Art and Design at Georgia State, McLean retired in 1994.
Primitive Plant and Resurrection 1 were the gifts of Johnnie Marie Grimes (1905–1997), a Sunday School teacher active in church and civic affairs. After earning a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary she served as longtime assistant to SMU president Willis Tate. Following Tate’s retirement, she edited a collection of Tate’s addresses and public statements, Willis M. Tate: Views and Interviews, (Dallas: SMU Press, 1978). Johnnie Marie received the 1988 Distinguished Individual Award from the Women’s Council of Dallas County. She was married to Perkins School of Theology faculty member Howard Grimes (1915–1989), author of A History of the Perkins School of Theology, among other works.