Skip to main content

Harold Gregor papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.371

Scope and Contents

The Harold Gregor papers contain newspaper and magazine articles featuring the artist, exhibition cards and catalogues from throughout his artistic career, information about his personal achievements and his teachings, and images of his artwork.


  • Creation: 1974 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material (except for commercial use) from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Harold Gregor was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929. He received a B.S. from Wayne State University in 1951, followed by a M.S. in painting and ceramics from Michigan State University in 1953. In 1960, he went on to complete a Ph.D. in painting and art history at Ohio State University. He taught art at San Diego State University from 1960-1963, Purdue University from 1963-1966, and Chapman College from 1966-1970. Gregor joined the faculty as a Distinguised Professor of Art at Illinois State University in 1970. In 1995, he retired with Emeritus standing.

Gregor received attention for his artwork in the early 1970s, during the Photo-realism movement. His realistic pieces feature Midwest farm structures and landscape scenes. He later became known for his flatscape paintings, which use aerial perspective and blocks of color to suggest Midwest landscapes, as well as his abstract “trail” paintings, inspired by a local walking trail. Gregor is represented by Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; ACA Galleries in Chelsea, New York City; and Tony Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Notably, the artist showed a painting in the Oval Office from 2009-2010, at President Obama’s request.

Harold Gregor passed away on October 8, 2018. Source:


3 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 1 flat box, 2 legal folders)

Language of Materials


Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright (except for commmercial use) to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Harold Gregor Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
March 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US