Martha Longenecker

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Martha Longenecker
Photo of Martha Longenecker.jpg
Born (1920-05-18)May 18, 1920
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died October 29, 2013(2013-10-29) (aged 93)
La Jolla, California
Nationality American
Education University of California Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University
Known for Potter, Collector, Educator
Movement Mingei
Awards Order of the Rising Sun (Japan)

Martha Williams Longenecker (May 18, 1920 – October 29, 2013[1][2][3]) was an American artist, and founder of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego.[4]

Longenecker was born in Oklahoma City and studied at University of California Los Angeles and the Claremont Graduate School.[4][5] She also undertook post-graduate research in Japan, studying under Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzo Shimaoka.[5]

Longenecker made her first visit to Japan in 1952. There she expanded her knowledge of the Japanese arts and crafts movement called "mingei".[6]

From 1955 to 1990, Longenecker was Professor of Art at San Diego State University.[7]

Longenecker died on October 29, 2013, following a stroke. She was predeceased by two husbands and both her children.[4]



  1. ^ Bell, Diane (9 May 2010). "Q&A: Diane Bell talks to Martha Longenecker". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  2. ^ Longenecker, Martha W. "United States Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  3. ^ Mingei International Museum Founder Martha Longenecker Has Died
  4. ^ a b c Colker, David. "Martha Longenecker dies at 93; founder of Mingei International Museum". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Martha W. Longenecker". Women's International Center. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  6. ^ "How Martha Longenecker brought Japan's 'art of the people' to the world". Christie's. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Museum Founder - Martha Longenecker". Mingei International Museum. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  8. ^ "San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame". Ashley Gardner. Retrieved 2012-04-27.