Louisiana Arts and Science Center
Baton Rouge, LA
Where Earth Meets Sky: Paintings by Elemore Morgan
August 15 - October 22, 2000
This exhibition celebrates the outstanding career of Baton Rouge native Elemore Morgan Jr., recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award for 2000 from the Delgado Society of the New Orleans Museum of Art. More than 50 of Morgan's paintings from various museums and private and corporate collections are on exhibit.
Morgan uses sweeping brush strokes and vibrant colors applied to unconventionally shaped masonite panels to portray the Louisiana landscape. His father, the accomplished photographer Elemore Morgan Sr., imparted to his son a consciousness of the landscape's grandeur. Morgan Jr. himself is an accomplished photographer whose photographs are found in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution and many other private collections as well as in national publications. (left: Overhanging View, 1997)
The Mississippi River is often represented in Morgan's works. Among the paintings related to the river in this exhibition is a small piece entitled Tanker at Baton Rouge, which he painted in 1965 on the levee not far from the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station, the building that now houses the Louisiana Arts & Science Center.
"Growing up in this city, I remember when there were no bridges spanning the Mississippi River, and one had to take a ferry. In preparing for this exhibition, I am reminded most of all of the Mississippi River and the part it played in my life as well as the history of this building [LASC]," said Morgan.
Morgan studied art at LSU and later, under the GI Bill, at Oxford University in England. Last year, he retired after a distinguished 30-year teaching career at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He resides in Maurice, Louisiana, near Lafayette, and frequently paints outdoors.
On Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m., Morgan will present a gallery talk, which will be followed by a reception, in LASC's main gallery.
Forbes Berryman Ltd. Fine Art organized this exhibition.
This project was supported by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Division of the Arts, Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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