Doris Vlasek-Hails (American, 1938-2004)

Doris Vlasek-Hails was born in Chicago in 1938, a year after Moholy-Nagy opened the New Bauhaus in the Prairie Ave mansion architect Richard Hunt had designed for Chicago department store magnate, Marshall Field.  This is significant, because it confirmed that Chicago was an early center of abstract painting theory in the United States.  Although Vlasek-Hails received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and not the Institute of Design, the influence of the early abstract painters and modernists working in this city greatly influenced her style.  Vlasek-Hails moved from Chicago to Indianapolis and became a professor of art at the John Herron Art Institute.  She had several shows in Indianapolis (1950s-1990s) including at the Indianapolis State Museum and the Herron Art Institute, as well as participating in exhibits in Los Angeles and Paris.  She worked in many mediums, including oil, acrylic, collage and ceramics.