The papers of noted Welsh-born feminist
painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010) document her life, career, and the larger context of
contemporary feminist art, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1940-2000. Sleigh, a
realist painter, moved to the United States in 1961 with her husband, art critic Lawrence
Alloway. Sleigh's paintings of nude males in traditional odalisque poses remain her
best-known works. She was a central figure in the New York City area feminist art movement
of the 1970s.
Sylvia Sleigh Alloway (1916-2010), known professionally as Sylvia Sleigh throughout her
career, was a noted realist painter, curator, and feminist. Welsh-born, she was active
primarily in the New York City area where she lived, along with her husband, art critic
Lawrence Alloway, from 1961-2010. Sleigh's paintings of nude males in traditional odalisque
poses remain her best-known works.
80.2 Linear Feet
(138 boxes, 6 flatfile folders)
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folder 10 are SEALED until 2063 per Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
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