“Kelly Fearing: Selections From A Life in Art” Exhibition

Professor Emeritus Art Exhibition Continues Through January 14, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas – The exhibition “Kelly Fearing: Selections From A Life in Art” provides an introduction to work that visual artist Fearing has created during his long and distinguished career. The exhibition is free and open to the public at The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Performing Arts, Bass Concert Hall, 5th Floor between the hours of 11am – 2pm, Monday through Friday and during performances at Bass Concert Hall.

Guest Curator Mark L. Smith included a few of Fearing’s early works, many mid-career pieces and items fresh from his studio in West Lake Hills, Texas. It is a modest tribute to Fearing’s notable career. His admirers may see some of their favorites here, and viewers discovering his work for the first time will hopefully be inspired to see more by this exceptional artist.

Fearing is a living, national art treasure. An internationally respected artist and art educator, he has conducted the bulk of his career in Austin. A professor emeritus in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Art and Art History, he co-authored four, major textbooks in art education while mentoring and inspiring hundreds of art teachers during his 40 year tenure at the university. Fearing has received innumerable awards and has been the subject of many museum exhibitions. He was selected as the Texas Tribute Artist for the 2009 Texas Biennial; in 2008 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Study of Early Texas Art; in 2007 he received the prestigious E. William Doty Award from the university’s College of Fine Arts; and he was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2003.

In 2002, the university organized “The Mystical World of Kelly Fearing: A Sixty-year Retrospective,” co-hosted by the Creative Research Laboratory and Flatbed Press. In 2005, his work was included in the seminal exhibition “Texas Modern: The Rediscovery of Early Texas Modernism (1935-1965)” at the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University. This exhibition will reinstalled at the Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi through January 3, 2010. In 2007, his work was included in the landmark exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum, “Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s.” Fearing’s work has inspired not only countless artists but also writers; in 2009, North Carolina poet Andrea Selch published a book of thirteen poems about his work: “Boy Returning Water to the Sea: Koans for Kelly Fearing.”

Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009