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Dimock Gallery records

Identifier: RG0087

Collection Scope and Content

Materials in this collection include M.F.A. thesis photos, exhibition schedules and programs, and brochures. They range in date from 1963 to 2011, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Director of the Dimock Gallery. Note: Not all series are processed. Ask staff for assistance.


  • Creation: 1963-2011


Restrictions on Access

Series 4 is closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

The Dimock Gallery of The George Washington University resides in the Lisner Auditorium, built in 1941. The Dimock (named for Susan Dimock Catalini, a University benefactor) opened in 1966, and is an educational gallery which provides a professional setting for the display of art on The George Washington University campus. With the active support of Department of Fine Arts and Art History students, the Dimock Gallery's mission provides for a "hands-on" experience for curating and presenting their creative endeavors. Ongoing student and faculty participation provides a forum for students to curate, display, and critique their creative efforts, and creates a learning environment in which students can organize exhibitions and learn about exhibition design with the advice of faculty and curators. From time to time, exhibitions will be staged in conjunction with Lisner Auditorium performances, such as Flamenco Festivals, other international collaborations, and academic programs.

Douglas Teller joined the faculty at GW in 1962 and retired after a long and successful teaching career in 1995. A professor of design and printmaking, he taught courses in design, serigraphy, and watercolor as well. He forged new ground for printmaking within the University and for the Washington area, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Washington Printmakers. When John Russell Mason, University Librarian and Curator of Art, retired in 1966, a void was created. It was filled by Professor Teller, who became the Dimock Gallery's first curator (1966-69). He established the university's gallery as a showcase for the university and Washington area, augmenting the contemporary arts holdings, and acknowledging GW's cultural and educational responsibilities to its students and local artists. Teller was succeeded as Curator of Art by Evelyn Stolte (September 1969-December 1971 and September 1972-May 1973); Gail Obenreder (January-June 1972); Donald C. Kline (June 1973-June 1975); and Lenore Miller (July 1975- ).

N.B. This history note was written in 2005


50 Linear Feet (30 record center boxes, 6 document boxes, 2 slim document boxes, 1 flat box)

Language of Materials



Collection includes M.F.A. thesis photos, exhibition schedules and programs, and brochures.

Collection Organization

Organized into eight series: Exhibit materials; Brochures, schedules of exhibits; Exhibit schedule and programs; Photos; Records (1963-200); Records undated and Exhibition files.

Acquisition Information

Materials acquired through transfers from the Dimock Gallery. Series 7 was transfered in 2017 [2017.054]. Series 8 is combination of multiple accessions [2019.021, 2022.026 and 2018-046].

Guide to the Dimock Gallery records, 1963-2011
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America