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Stuart Purser's Biography page


Born in Arkansas and grew up in Louisiana

B.A. Louisiana College, 1928
B.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago, 1933
M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago, 1936
Graduate study at Ohio State 1944
Study and travel in Europe, 1938

Professional Experience
Instructor Washington State University, 1934-35
Art Institute of Chicago, Summers 1936-37
Head of Art Department at Louisiana College, 1935-45
Head of Art Department, Professor of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1945-49
Chairman of Fine Arts Division (Music, Speech, Art) at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1948-49
Chairman of Department of Art, University of Mississippi, 1948-51
Chairman of Department of Art, University of Florida, 1951-57
Professor of Art, University of Florida, 1951-76
Visiting Professor of Art, California State University at Northridge, 1957-58 and 1961-62
Head, Art Program, Idyllwild Foundation, University of Southern California, Summer 1962
Visiting Professor at Eastern Washington and Central Washington Universities,
Summers 1961, 1967, 1968
Professor Emeritus of Art, University of Florida, 1976

International Watercolor Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago 1937
49th Annual Exhibition of American Painting, Art Institute of Chicago 1938
New York World's Fair 1939
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1940 (Painting, Baptising was purchased by Eleanor Roosevelt and
presented to the National Gallery of Melbourne, Australia for their permanent collection)
Artists Along the Mississippi Exhibition, Davenport, IA 1942
140th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 1942
Pepsi-Cola National Competition, New York 1946
New York Opportunity Gallery, One-man Exhibit sponsored by Pepsi-Cola 1947
141th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts 1947
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, First Annual Oil Exhibition 1950
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, First Annual Watercolor Exhibition 1952
Birmingham Steel Exhibition, Birmingham, AL 1955
Danforth Foundation Exhibit, 1955
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL 1957
Governor's Show, Sarasota, FL 1961
University of South Florida Invitational Exhibit 1961
Arkansas Artists Invitational Exhibit, Little Rock, AR 1961
XVIII American Drawing Annual, Norfolk, VA 1961
XX American Drawing Annual, Norfolk, VA 1963
Mint Museum Annual, Charlotte, NC 1963
Ringling Museum of Art, Third Southern Coast Annual, Sarasota FL 1963
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL 1966
Drawings USA, Walker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1966
XXII American Drawing Biennial, Norfolk, VA 1967

One Person Exhibitions
Spokane Museum, Spokane, WA 1934
Alexandria, LA 1938,1968
Baton Rouge, LA 1940
Jackson, MS 1940
New Orleans, LA 1944
Memphis, TN 1947
New York, NY 1947
Sewanee, TN 1947
Birmingham, AL 1947
Miami, FL 1953
Macon, GA 1954
Los Angeles, CA 1958, 1962
Tuscaloosa, AL 1960
Gainesville, FL 1968
Jacksonville, FL 1969
Longboat Key, FL 1973

Coolbaugh Scholarship, Art Institute of Chicago 1934
James Nelson Raymond Scholarship, Art Institute 1932-34
Mississippi Art Association Painting Award 1938
Winner of 48 State Mural Competition 1939
First Award, Delgado Art Museum, New Orleans 1942
First Award, New Orleans Art Association 1943
First Award, New Orleans Art Association 1944
Ohio Valley Oil Exhibition, Athens, OH, Honorable Mention 1944
Memphis Biennial, Honorable Mention 1946
Carnegie Grant 1947
Southeastern Annual, High Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2nd Prize 1947
Memphis Biennial, First Award 1950
Florida Federation of Art, First Award 1955
Tampa Fair Exhibit, First Award 1956
Florida Federation of Art, Citizens Bank Award 1960
Tampa Fair Exhibit, Second Award 1964
Ocala Art festival, First Purchase Prize 1968
Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL Atwater Kent Award 1968

Mural Projects (WPA/Federal Arts Project murals 1935-43)
Steamboats on the Mississippi, Gretna, LA 1939
Ginnin' Cotton, Leland, MS 1940
Southern Pattern, Ferriday, LA 1941
Bankhead Farm Progress, Carrollton, AL 1943

Stuart Purser's work has been reproduced and/or discussed in various publications including:
Art Digest, American Magazine of Art, Life, The Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, New York Herald, New York Tribune, New York Telegram, New York Sun, New Orleans Times Picayune and others.
He has written articles for: Florida Art Bulletin, The Southeastern Arts Bulletin, and the ,National Education Magazine. His books are: Applehead, 1973; Jesse J. Aaron-Sculptor, 1975; and The Drawing Handbook, 1976.

Professional Organizations
Delta Phi Delta and Lambda Chi College Arts Association
National Art Education Association
Southeastern Art Education Association
Has served the following organizations:
Southeastern College Arts Conference (President) 1948-49
Southeastern Arts Association (President) 1953-54
National Art Education Association (Council) 1853-56
National Art Education Association (Editorial Board) 1952-54
Listed in Who's Who, Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who in the Southeast.

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