Jennie Haddad (1906-1996) was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1912.
Haddad enrolled at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas in the early 1950s where she studied painting with Otis Dozier before moving to New York to study with Hans Hoffman in 1956. The artist also studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY and the Academy De Chamyere in Paris, France. She was awarded the Houston Museum Award in 1957 and exhibited her works nationally throughout her career.
Upon being awarded the Houston Museum Award, juror and art critic Clement Greenburg noted "This is solid art. Jennie Haddad has what I’d call ‘painting culture’ in her very bones; she has it by instinct. She was born to paint. I saw that a long time ago, when I first met her and first saw pictures by her. Now I criticize her for not following her vision—which is very much there—more single-mindedly. Well, she hasn’t said her last word yet, not by a long shot. I’m waiting for her to repeat herself. When she does it’ll be nothing like mere repetition; rather it will be revelation.”
1979 Retrospective of Jennie Haddad’s Work as chosen by Mr. Clement Greenburg, University of Dallas, Texas
1961 3rd Annual Southwest Art Exhibit Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(Received 1st place – painting purchased by Univ. of Oklahoma; Clement Greenburg – Juror)
1961 Denver Invitational Show, Oklahoma Museum of Fine Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1959 Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
1959 Retrospective of Four Artists, The New Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
1957 Columbia Painting Biennial, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina
1957 19th Annual Texas Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas (Received Houston Museum Award)