In the interest of protecting the well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, and following guidance from local, state and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health, we have decided to temporarily suspend all in-person visits to see the collection and cancel all events for the foreseeable future.

We at the LVMRC, like many of you, are actively monitoring COVID-19 as the circumstances in the world continue to evolve. Any further updates will be announced on our website and social media channels.

In coming weeks, we will share more information about the digital programming we are planning. So while our physical events are temporarily closed to the public, we know that the spirit of Lillian's work is open to all—and we're committed to connecting you to inspiration, knowledge, and a sense of community through art.

"Even in uncertain times, there are no limits to the creative spirit. It’s what makes us human." -- Lillian V. Mountweazel.

4th Edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia (1975).

The Lillian Virginia Mountweazel Research Collection:

Our collection contains a variety of material related to Mountweazel's life*, work, and legacy. 

While the collection does not have a permanent location, materials in the collection will be displayed to the public at traveling exhibits hosted by various venues around the world.  


As new materials are recovered and catalogued, they will be shared.    

Lillian Virgina Mountweazel

Turning from fountain design to photography in 1963, Mountweazel produced her celebrated portraits of the South Sierra Miwok in 1964.


She was awarded government grants to make a series of photo-essays of unusual subject matter, including New York City buses, the cemeteries of Paris and rural American mailboxes. The last group was exhibited extensively abroad and published as Flags Up! (1972)


Mountweazel died at 31 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine.

Lillian Virginia Mountweazel, 1971.

Flags Up! (1964- 1970)

Combustibles Magazine. 


Read an Issue of

Combustibles Magazine

March 3 1972

Early Years as a Fountain Designer.


At 16 years old, while still a student at George K. Broomhall High School, Mountweazel won a public design competition for the Korean War Veterans of Ohio Memorial in downtown Beatosu, Ohio.


Beating 1,421 other competition submissions, her design was chosen with the fountain completed and presented to the public in June 1960.    


In 2007, the Western Ohio Institute of Architects ranked the memorial No. 10 on their list of Western Ohio’s Favorite Architecture.


Of all her fountain sketches and designs, it is Mountweazel’s only known completed work.  

These pictures of the memorial were taken in 2018.

NYC Buses.


The Cemeteries of Paris.



Photographs of Mountweazel and her family.

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