Helene McKinsey Herzbrun (b. 1922, Chicago; d. 1984, Washington) received a BA in English from the University of Chicago; she also studied painting at Art Institute. In 1949 she moved to Washington, where she continued her painting education, working with Robert Gates and Jack Tworkov at American University. In 1951 and 1952, she was included in the Corcoran’s Area Annuals, and by 1953 hired as the manager of Watkins Gallery at American University: a position she held until 1958 when she became an instructor in the department. A founding member of the Jefferson Place Gallery, she also exhibited in New York at the Stable Gallery (1958), and Poindexter Gallery (1960), as well as a solo exhibition at the Corcoran in 1959.

Solo Exhibitions
1958—Recent Paintings, Sept. 23—Oct. 11
1959—July 1—Sept. 20, Corcoran Gallery of Art
1960—May 3–30, Poindexter Gallery, NY
1961—April 25—May 20
1963—March 5—22
1964—Recent Paintings, Oct. 27—Nov. 14
1966—Oct. 3—22
1970—April 14—May 2
1974—Monotypes, Feb 26—March 23

Group Exhibitions
1957—First Group Show, Oct. 10—Nov. 9
1957—Christmas Show, Dec. 9—Jan4, 1958
1958—The Group +2, May 20—June 17
1958—12 Washington Artists, University of Kentucky, Oct. 19—Nov. 16
1958—Christmas Show, Nov. 25—Dec. 31
1959—Member’s Show, April 21—May 2
1959—Approaches to Contemporary Painting, Sept. 22—Oct. 10
1959—Christmas Show, Dec. 15—Jan. 2
1960—End of Year Review, May 17—June 11
1960—Art from America’s Cities, Sept 20—Oct. 15
1960—Christmas Show, Dec. 13—Jan 7, 1961
1961—Winter ’61, Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, Jan 9—Feb. 17
1961—Review and Preview, May 22—June 4
1961—Paper Show, Dec. 5—Jan. 5, 1962
1962—Small Paintings and Sculpture, Jan. 7–27
1962—Group Show, Oct. 2—20
1965—Grand Opening, Jan. 25—Feb. 13
1967—Group Show, Jan. 2—21
1968—Jefferson Place Ten Years, July 16–Aug. 7

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Jefferson Gallery
Jefferson Gallery
November 5, 1957
The Washington Star
The new Jefferson Place Gallery, 1216 Connecticut avenue NW, is a beautiful place to display work to the best advantage.
New Approaches to Modern Art
New Approaches to Modern Art
September 27, 1959
The Washington Post
A further departure is a series of seminars from 2 to 3:30pm each Thursday, to be conducted by the participating artists. Next Thursday’s speaker is Helene McKinsey; the following Thursday, Robert Gates will be in charge. The public is invited to attend and to ask questions. The gallery hopes in this way to make the […]
New Approaches to Modern Art
New Approaches to Modern Art
September 27, 1959
The Washington Post
Helene McKinsey shows two very strong abstract expressionist paintings drawing somewhat loosely from nature. They have a vigor and assurance that are a delight to see. JC: By the way, have you seen Red Devil stretched? It’s a very early painting. (1959) JC: I saw it in the Steve Naifeh book. Willem (de Looper) said […]
New Approaches to Modern Art
New Approaches to Modern Art
September 27, 1959
The Washington Post
The Jefferson Place Gallery has reopened for the winter season with a group show of its member artists. A new approach to exhibition techniques is a quotation from an artist or philosopher chosen by each painter to clarify his point of view, hung beside his work.
Jefferson Gallery
Jefferson Gallery
November 5, 1957
The Washington Star
The inaugural group show remains through this week, to be followed by one-artist shows by each of the 11 painters and sculptors to whom the gallery is dedicated.