Baylor University Art Museums

Waco, TX



Kermit Oliver at Baylor University Art Museums


The University Art Gallery will feature works by renowned artist Kermit Oliver during an exhibit that opens Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. The exhibit will run through Dec. 6, 2000. Approximately 20 paintings by Oliver, from allegorical imagery to portraits and still lifes, will be on display.

"For years Kermit Oliver has regaled his audiences with classically beautiful paintings and drawings," wrote Patricia C. Johnson in an article for the Houston Chronicle. "The artist, who lives in virtual seclusion in Waco, composes allegories based on the Old and New Testaments, on classic Greek and Roman mythology, and on folk tales from around the world. He presents them in the guise of landscapes, still lifes and portraits. And though his sources may be age-old, the contexts in which he interprets them are contemporary." (left: Tobias, 1997, 32 inches tondo, acrylic on gessoed birch panel)

Although known throughout the world for his paintings and as the first American to design scarves for the venerable French fashion house Hermés, Oliver works for the U.S. Postal Service and lives a quiet life in Waco with his wife, Katie, also an accomplished artist. Oliver's works are in permanent collections of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont.

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