Honduras Banana Trees

HARRIS COLLECTION  |  2019 Purchase

n.d. |  MBG-2019.AW.0001 |  Gouache on Paper, 11.25 x 11.25 inches

DAC Foundation, Prattville, Alabama

Mae Belle Gay | 1926-2017

Head of the Art Department at Huntingdon College

Dr. Mae Belle Gay was born in Selma, Alabama, on October 19, 1926. She graduated from Huntingdon College in 1955 and received her doctorate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Gay began her art studies at Sidney Lanier High School under the direction of Ethel Johnston. She also studied art with Dixie Art Colonists Kelly Fitzpatrick, Katherine Neville, and Eva Lyle Wilkinson.

Prior to accepting a teaching position at Huntingdon College in 1960, Dr. Gay served as an artist/illustrator with Air University for six years and as chief assistant of graphics at the School of Aviation at Gunter Air Force Base for four years. During those years, she also operated her own studio and an art school for children. She was a founding member of the Montgomery Art Guild and served as the Guild's first president. Dr. Gay was also an active member of the Alabama Art League, serving at least one term as president.

In addition to teaching at Huntingdon College, Dr. Gay also taught art at Troy University. She served as an art professor for more than 20 years. She retired from Huntingdon College as head of the art department. She passed away on January 5, 2017, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Sources: Ancestry.com, Montgomery Advertiser

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