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Merci, Françoise Gilot-Salk exhibit draws to a close

Francoise Gilot-Salk

Françoise Gilot-Salk

From March through November, the Salk Community and visitors to the Institute had the exclusive opportunity to view 11 pieces of art created by Françoise Gilot-Salk, the internationally renowned artist and widow of Jonas Salk. Adorning the walls in the Foyer, the collection included works in gouache, ink and acrylic on canvas, as well as original prints. These pieces from the last 50 years have rarely been exhibited and highlighted Gilot-Salk's interest in color relationships and her mastery at blurring the boundaries between the figurative and the abstract.

Gilot-Salk, who celebrated her 90th birthday this year, continues to paint every day, more than seven decades after she began her artistic career. She is an active supporter of the Institute and has graciously served as honorary chair of Symphony at Salk for the last 17 years. Her paintings have also been featured as the signature artworks for each of the concerts since the event's inception in 1996.