Protégés: The Legacy of Dr. John Biggers as Viewed Through the Art Works of Thirteen Students

Featuring his students Charles Criner, Gerry Crossland, Karl E. Hall, Earlie Hudnall, Harvey Johnson, Earl S. Jones, Josie Mendoza Postel, Robert Meyers, Kermit Oliver, Elizabeth M. Shelton, Jesse Sifuentes, Charles L. Thomas, and Roy Thomas
January 19 - February 10, 2018

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Events:

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20th, 6-8:30pm

Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday, January 20th, 4:30-5:30pm

This exhibition will serve as a cursory look into thirteen artists who studied under the creative guidance of Dr. John Thomas Biggers (1924-2001), Master Artist, Educator, Author, and Mentor, who has been a major contributor to the evolution of American art and culture as well as the changing consciousness of the African American experience. Dr. Biggers came to Houston in 1949 after receiving his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Here, he worked hard to establish the Art Department for Texas Southern University, where “…all students may gain an appreciation of the cultural, historical and educational values of the arts; and where cultural awareness translates to the community.” Houston in the 1950s experienced an institutional lack of support for the arts and arts education, with African American and Hispanic arts facing the greatest marginalization. During his 34 years as an influential educator and champion of arts education in all its forms, Dr. Biggers nurtured generations of artists, and built a foundation for a steadily growing appreciation for these under-known artists; all the while building a significant body of work that made him a pioneer in the broader world of American art.

These thirteen artists lives, careers, and art have been affected by the support they received from their instructor whose mark is evident in the works on display. It is our hope that this will be the continuation of a renewal of interest and appreciation for the artistic legends living in our great city. Aside from TSU’s annual Alumni exhibition– which has given a public platform for these artists to introduce their work to the public; one recent and critical exhibition, On My Journey Now-The Legacy of John Biggers,  took place in Spring 2017. The exhibition was curated by Sally Reynolds for Arts Brookfield and was held at Two Allen Center. This was the first time Dr. Biggers Legacy was examined in a public space in Houston outside of TSU in decades. Several of his students from TSU were included in the curated show.

For twelve years, the idea for this exhibition has been percolating with a deep interest on the parts of both Gallerists at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art. With this exhibition, we aim to narrow the focus of the lens on Texas Art, and to bring these selected artists together in a commercial venue. We are honored to facilitate these introductions to the public and to collectors of all genres.

Profile of Woman Charles Criner
Ms. Willie John
acrylic on canvas
c. 1970
12 x 10 inches
 
Eating Summer Sausages Charles Criner
Eating Summer Sausages
acrylic on paper
c. 2015
30 x 22 inches
 
Night Blossoms Charles Criner
Night Watchman
acrylic on paper
c. 2015
30 x 22 inches
 
Cotton in Bag_ Fireworks Charles Criner
Working Friday Night
acrylic and lithography on paper
2014
30 x 20 inches
 
Cotton Butterfly Charles Criner
Starry Night
acrylic on paper
2014
28 x 20 inches
 
Cylindrical Vessel Geraldine Crossland
Cylindrical Vessel
ceramic
1973-76
8 x 7 x 7 inches
 
Vessel 3 Geraldine Crossland
Vessel 3
ceramic
1973-76
2 x 9 inches
 
Vessel 2 Geraldine Crossland
Vessel 2
ceramic
1973-76
2.5 x 8 inches
 
Vessel 1 Geraldine Crossland
Vessel 1
ceramic
1973-76
4 x 10 inches
 
Round Vessel Geraldine Crossland
Round Vessel
ceramic
1973-76
8.5 x 5 x 5 inches
 
Orange Weaving Geraldine Crossland
Orange Weaving
weaving
1973-76
72 x 15 x 6 inches
 
Mural Study for Eden Geraldine Crossland
Mural Study for Eden
oil on masonite
1973-76
16 x 35 inches
 
Turtle Geraldine Crossland
Turtle
ceramic
1973-76
4.5 x 10 x 6 inches
 
Aqua Shadow Karl E. Hall
Aqua Shadow
monotype
1978-79
17.75 x 23.75 inches
 
Praise Dance n_ Victory Karl E. Hall
Praise Dance n' Victory
acrylic on board
2013
24 x 37 inches
 
Cowboy Karl E. Hall
Cowboy
acrylic on paper
1978-79
20 x 15 inches
 
Flatonia_ Texas Karl E. Hall
Flatonia, Texas
monotype
1978-79
17.75 x 24 inches
 
Plant your Seed Karl E. Hall
Plant your Seed
mixed media on paper
1978-79
27 x 21 inches
 
Going to Church Karl E. Hall
Going to Church
acrylic on paper
2012
27 x 37 inches
 
The Wood Chopper Earlie Hudnall Jr.
The Wood Chopper
vintage gelatin silver print
1986
20 x 16 inches
 
The Bell Done Ring_ Lift Every Voice and Sing Harvey Johnson
The Bell Done Ring, Lift Every Voice and Sing!
oil on canvas
2011
40 x 30 inches
 
Crane Earl S. Jones
Bird in Flight
ash
2015
40 x 16 x 15 inches
 
Earl S. Jones
Joined at the Hip
oak
2017
32.5 x 10 x 14.5 inches
 
Touch of God Earl S. Jones
Touch of God
camphor, copper, and tin on wood base
2017
45.25 x 22 x 18.5 inches
 
Cubist Mother and Child Earl S. Jones
Family Bonds
oil on masonite
1991
34.5 x 24.75 inches
 
Rooster Earl S. Jones
New Day
terracotta
1976
37.75 x 16.5 x 23 inches
 
Pelican Earl S. Jones
Of Wind and Sea
wood carving
2014
33.5 x 7 x 10 inches
 
Circle Earl S. Jones
Harmonious Bliss
ash
2016
26 x 17 x 14 inches
 
Sacred Ground Josie Mendoza Postel
Sacred Ground
mixed media on paper
2015
28 x 20 inches
 
Voyage from Somewhere to Nowhere Robert Meyers
Voyage from Somewhere to Nowhere
mixed media on board
2017
58 x 24 inches
 
Nest Robber Kermit Oliver
Nest Robber
acrylic on paper
1991
24.5 x 17 inches
 
Untitled (Boy) Kermit Oliver
Untitled (Boy)
acrylic on board
c. 1960s
10.25 x 10.25 inches
 
Portrait of Woman Kermit Oliver
Portrait of Woman
charcoal and conte crayon on paper
c.1972
30 x 20 inches
 
Return from Flight to Egypt Kermit Oliver
Return from Flight to Egypt
acrylic drybrush on paper
1977
4.5 x 5.5 inches
 
Road to Damascus_ BG Study Kermit Oliver
Road to Damascus, BG Study
acrylic drybrush on paper
1977
4.5 x 5.5 inches
 
Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Shed
acrylic on masonite
1971
23.5 x 35.25 inches
 
Biggers Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Biggers
clay
2017
11 x 9 x 5 inches
 
Hope Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Hope
clay
2017
12 x 6 x 7.5 inches
 
Afro Puff Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Afro Puff
bronze
c. 1985
8 x 7 x 7 inches
 
Neighborhood Boy Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Neighborhood Boy
bronze
2016
22 x 10.5 x 9 inches
 
Lilly_ T.K. Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Lilly, T.K.
terracotta
c. 1985
13 x 10.5 x 8 inches
 
Objective Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Objective
bronze
2017
16.25 x 6.75 x 6 inches
 
Mother and Child Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton
Mother and Child
clay
2017
15 x 12 x 10 inches
 
Bird Vase Jesse Sifuentes
Bird Vase
glazed stoneware
2014
26 x 11 x 11 inches
 
Greater Hornbill Jesse Sifuentes
Greater Hornbill
bronze
5.75 x 8.25 x 3.5 inches
 
Painted Great Hornbill Jesse Sifuentes
Painted Great Hornbill
painted ceramic sculpture
2007
24.5 x 10 x 30 inches
 
Frog Jesse Sifuentes
Frog
bronze
1978-79
19 x 12 x 12 inches
 
The Herald Jesse Sifuentes
The Herald
oil on board
c. 1982
32 x 23 inches
 
Starts in the Backyard Jesse Sifuentes
Starts in the Backyard
oil on board
no date
46.5 x 24 inches
 
Study for City Hall Mural Jesse Sifuentes
Study for City Hall Mural
acrylic on board
c. 2010
28 x 64 inches
 
Rooster Jesse Sifuentes
Rooster
painted ceramic sculpture
c. 2010
40 x 20 x 9 inches
 
Saltfire Grasshopper Jesse Sifuentes
Saltfire Grasshopper
ceramic
c. 1980
7 x 19 x 7 inches
 
Grasshopper (black) Jesse Sifuentes
Grasshopper (black)
bronze
1978-79
8 x 22 x 8.5 inches
 
Bust 1 Jesse Sifuentes
Bust 1
painted ceramic sculpture
2017
15 x 8.5 x 10 inches
 
Fishing at Sylvan Beach_ La Porte Charles L. Thomas
Fishing at Sylvan Beach, La Porte
oil on canvas
1986
24 x 36 inches
 
Lone Rail Car Charles L. Thomas
Lone Rail Car
acrylic on canvas
2011
18 x 24 inches
 
Shade Tree Mechanic Charles L. Thomas
Shade Tree Mechanic
acrylic on canvas
2011
36 x 28 inches
 
God is Good Charles L. Thomas
God is Good
oil on canvas
2017
48 x 36 inches
 
Holding On (Karl_s Old Man) Roy Vinson Thomas
Holding On (Karl's Old Man)
oil on canvas
1987
48 x 36 inches
 
Wise Men Roy Vinson Thomas
Wise Men
pastel on board
1989
30 x 20 inches
 
Inner City Blues Roy Vinson Thomas
Inner City Blues
acrylic on canvas
1984
24 x 18 inches
 
The Stop Roy Vinson Thomas
The Stop
acrylic on canvas
1983
30 x 30 inches
 
Lady in Black Hat with Feathers_ 3rd Ward_ Houston_ Texas Earlie Hudnall Jr.
Lady in Black Hat with Feathers, 3rd Ward, Houston, Texas
vintage gelatin silver print
1990
20 x 16 inches