Meridian Star

Obituaries

June 15, 2013

Madison Fred Mitchell

MERIDIAN —     Madison Fred Mitchell, a Meridian native who had an active career as an abstract expressionist painter, passed away at his home in New York City on May 21, at the age of 89.

    Mitchell was born in Meridian on November 24, 1923. Following graduation from Meridian High School, Mitchell attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, in Pittsburgh, on scholarship, until his studies were interrupted by military duty a year later.  Following service in the Army, Mitchell began studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where he eventually received his M.F.A. In 1948 he received a Pepsi Cola scholarship for his painting, and used the award to travel to Italy to study, primarily in Rome. Mitchell moved to New York City in 1951, and the next year was one of the co-founders of the Tanager Gallery in New York, one of the most influential artist-cooperative galleries of the period.

    Early in his career Mitchell was represented by the Howard Wise Gallery, of Cleveland and New York City; more recently he was represented by the David Findlay, Jr., Gallery, in New York City. Among the dozens of solo exhibitions of his work mounted during his 50-year career were two at the Meridian Museum of Art. Mitchell was noted as a teacher, and held numerous positions: he taught at Cranbrook during the 1950s, and subsequently at New York University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and several campuses of the City University of New York. During the last decades of his life, he was on the faculty at the Arts Students League in New York.

    Mitchell was preceded in death by his older brother, Tom Lyle Mitchell, Sr., of Birmingham, AL, and sister, Elizabeth Mitchell Pajerski, of Vicksburg.  He is survived by four nephews: Frank Pajerski of Gold River, CA, Fred Pajerski of New York City, Tom Lyle Mitchell of Montgomery, AL, and James Mitchell, of Roswell, GA.

    Mitchell will be interred in Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 3 p.m., next to the graves of his parents.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
Biz Marquee
New Today
Poll

A new law in Mississippi will require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing if their answers on a questionnaire indicate possible drug abuse. Do you like or dislike the new law?

Like
Dislike
     View Results
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide