Everett Spruce

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Everett  Spruce Rocky Cliff
Rocky Cliff, 1928
charcoal on paper
6.75 x 5.5 in
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Everett  Spruce

Everett Spruce

Everett Spruce Description

EVERETT SPRUCE (1908-2002)

Everett Spruce was born in 1908 in Conway, Arkansas. Interested in art from a young age, Spruce came to Dallas at age seventeen on a scholarship to study at the Dallas Art Institute under Olin Travis and Thomas M. Stell Jr. In 1931 he became gallery assistant at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and quickly became a member of the famed Dallas Nine. By the time he joined the art faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1940 Spruce had achieved national recognition with works included in major national juried exhibitions.

Spruce served as chairman of the Department of Art at the University of Texas at Austin 1949-1951 and, after stepping down in 1954, became a professor of art and served as director of Graduate Studio Art from 1961 to 1974. Spruce retired in 1974 as professor emeritus with recognition as one of the outstanding painters in Texas.

His work was exhibited nationally and internationally, including Texas Centennial Exhibition Dallas, Museum of Fine Arts, annual exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, annual exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute Chicago, exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, Carnegie Institute Pittsburg, "A Particular Portion of Earth" Pan American Union Washington, D.C.

Mr. Spruce continued to paint and exhibit into his 88th year. He included a sense of music and poetry in his painting. In many instances he could identify the exact spot he translated into paint, describing the time of day, the weather, the light and where he stood when he viewed it. His paintings are rich in color, texture and mood, communicating strength and substance. He was an amazingly productive artist, painting mostly landscapes, though he occasionally painted fascinating birds and animals.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1908, Born near Conway, Arkansas
  • 1926-29, Attends Dallas Art Institute
  • 1931, Begins working as gallery assistant at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1935, Promoted to registrar and assistant to the director of Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1940-75, Professor of art at University of Texas, Austin
  • 1949-50, Chairman of art department at University of Texas, Austin
  • 1959, Received Ford Foundation grant
  • 2002, Dies in Austin

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1932, 1958, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1934-35, Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth
  • 1936-37, 1940-42, 1945-50, 1959, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • 1936, 1938, National Exhibition of American Art, Rockefeller Center, New York
  • 1937, Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition, Dallas
  • 1940, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • 1941-46, 1948, Texas General Exhibition
  • 1943, 1950, 1960, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio
  • 1950, Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin
  • 1959, American Federation of Arts, New York

Selected Public Collections

  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
  • Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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