Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

Friday, September 15, 2017 10:00 AM - Saturday, February 10, 2018 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601
MARY VERNON, Coney Island Garden, 2016, oil and graphite on Yupo, courtesy of the artist and Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Dallas, TX

MARY VERNON, Green Table with Horse, 2013, oil and ink on gessoboard, courtesy of the artist.

“In the world of still life and landscape, conceptual events meet one another – the structural meets the narrative, the small stands in the space of the large, and color has a chance to navigate these meetings, changing everything. All my paintings show this shifting world.”
— Mary Vernon

The Grace Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Mary Vernon, artist and art educator with a fifty year track record of success as a professional artist and a valued mentor and teacher of artists and art connoisseurs of all ages.

The 2017 Dallas Art Fair and Neiman Marcus recently honored Mary Vernon in celebration of her retirement from fifty years as professor of art and art history at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. During her years in the classroom, she was named the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor by her peers and voted favorite SMU professor ten years straight by her students for her coveted painting, drawing, color theory, art history classes. In 2015, donors established the Mary Vernon Painting Prize to be awarded each spring for the best body of work by an SMU undergraduate in honor of her successful career as an artist and professor. She was also selected as a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Cultures, member of the Board of Directors to the National Council of Arts Administrators, Texas Biennial Advisory Board, Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art. Vernon’s civic and academic accomplishments run parallel with the development of her own work as an artist, giving her the rare designation of artist – teacher who has exhibited nationally and internationally.


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A couple of years before Professor Mary Vernon’s retirement in May 2018, Meadows School of the Arts and a group of donors established the Mary Vernon Painting Prize to honor the veteran art and art history professor and to help launch the careers of top art students. Now, Meadows seeks to endow the prize fund so that, in perpetuity, students can benefit from the prize’s financial boost and recognition as they enter the competitive and challenging art world.  READ MORE…

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