The Naming and Dedication of the John Alexander Painting Studio
Date: October 08, 2015
Time: 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Category: Fine Arts
Location: Art Building
The Department of Art at Lamar University will honor internationally celebrated artist and LU alum John Alexander (’68) with a naming and dedication of the John Alexander Painting Studio on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Building. The event is free and open to the public.
A Beaumont native, Alexander received an art degree from LU and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. A recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships, his work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums around the nation.
Alexander will be on hand for the dedication and reception.
John Alexander Biography
John Alexander is a world-renowned artist whose work pays tribute to the rich tradition of painters throughout the history of art. His early works were primarily semi-abstract landscapes, and later, dense, expressionistic paintings. His more recent drawings and paintings include beautifully rendered birds, plants and animals (often those native to Texas and the Southern Gulf Coast states), and satirical works of characters and masked figures representing the most dysfunctional members of society.
Alexander received an art degree from Lamar University in 1968 and Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Alexander taught at the University of Houston in the 70s, then moved to New York where he began to make his mark on the art world. He was awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1981 and another by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1984.
Alexander had a major retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in 2007. His work is included in the permanent collections of leading museums around the United States, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. His work has also been collected by numerous private individuals throughout the country.
Contact: Department of Art