St. John's Museum of Art

Wilmington, NC



Bert Carpenter: A Retrospective

Sept. 23 -- Nov. 28, 1999


More than sixty years in the artistic career of Bert Carpenter -- Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro -- will be examined in Bert Carpenter: A Retrospective, which opens at St. John's Museum of Art.  Nearly fifty works displaying the vibrant colors and textures of a lifetime dedicated to the details of realism will be on display in the Hughes Gallery, including still lifes, portraits, landscapes and mythological scenes. Prominent in the exhibition will be the large-scale series of figures for which Carpenter is renown. (left: Reflections, 1980, oil on canvas, 76 x 52 inches, Collection of Daniel and Susan Gottsegen)

A preview reception for Bert Carpenter: A Retrospective will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m. in the Hughes Gallery and will include refreshments.  Admission to the opening reception is $2 for museum members and $5 for the general public. 

Born in Billings, Montana in 1920, Bert Carpenter studied art at Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in art history at Columbia University.  After teaching at the University of Hawaii, he was asked to join the art faculty of UNC Greensboro in 1963 and also served as head of the school's art department.  During the 1970s he became director of the university's Weatherspoon Art Gallery, where he has been instrumental in developing a collection of national prominence.  

The works on display in Bert Carpenter: A Retrospective include earlier portraits and self-portraits from the 1930s and 1940s, and continue through to the still-lifes and series in the 1980s such as "Hooded, Standing, Wrapped."  The exhibition is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Gallery.

St. John's Museum of Art, Hughes Gallery, is located at 114 Orange, St., Wilmington, NC

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