Jae Carmichael, an eclectic artist, writer and independent filmmaker who updated a 19th century cemetery and served as founding director of Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum, has died. She was 80.
Carmichael died Nov. 5 at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena after a long illness, said her cousin, Caitlin Mullin.
A painter, sculptor and photographer, Carmichael staged more than 200 solo exhibitions in galleries in Los Angeles, Japan and Europe. Her work is included in permanent collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the Long Beach Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Her 1976 film “Heritage of Hope,” which she made for the Los Angeles Unified School District, was nominated for an Emmy.
Carmichael applied her interests in art, filmmaking and history to her own heritage. She was a descendant of the pioneering Giddings family, which founded Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadena in 1882.