About Kelly Fitzpatrick

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Kelly at Coden, AL (Aug 1950). Photo courtesy of John Hubbard. Jr.

John Kelly Fitzpatrick dedicated his life to the arts.  He was a renowned regional painter and is considered one of the South’s most celebrated artists and art promoters of the 1930’s-40’s.

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Personal Life

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As a Teacher and Art Community Leader

Kelly Fitzpatrick helped found the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Montgomery Museum Art School, the Alabama Art League, the Southern States Art League, and the Dixie Art Colony, Alabama’s first art colony.

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His Painting Style

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JOHN KELLY FITZPATRICK: Retrospective Exhibition. Sept.-Nov. 1970. Montgomery. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Published by Montgomery, 1970.

John Kelly Fitzpatrick: Retrospective Exhibition. Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1970.
A Symphony of Color: The World of Kelly Fitzpatrick. Montgomery: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1991.
Williams, Lynn Barstis. “The Dixie Art Colony.” Alabama Heritage (Summer 1996): 6-15.
Birmingham Historical Society Newsletter, November 2011.
Interview with Eleanor Houghton McLemore, wife of Price C. McLemore of Montgomery, Alabama.  https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/records/id/570/rec/22