A Viewing of the Life of Paul Fontaine and Other Artists Will Be Featured at Martin Museum of Art

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Adair McGregor admires her favorite Fontaine work, a piece from his days in Guadalajara, Mexico. Photo courtesy of Rachel Miller.
June 10, 2013

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WACO, Texas (June 10, 2013) - If a picture's worth a thousand words, then Paul Fontaine's works can tell his life story. Baylor's Martin Museum of Art will be displaying its borrowed collection of the works of Fontaine in celebration of what would be his 100th birthday.

The exhibition will run June 11 through June 28; and July 9 through Aug. 25.

A scholar, soldier, father and always artist, Fontaine's works of art reflect each period of his life. Fontaine followed his passion for art to college, graduating from Yale University's School of Fine Arts in 1940. He was soon drafted into World War II as an illustrator, where he continued cultivating his craft. Finally, after spending the 1970s and 1980s in Guadalajara, he settled in Austin to be near his two daughters for the last four years of his life.

Recently-framed selections from Baylor's permanent collection also will be displayed, including some of the world's best known painters.

"The works of art you see here would be in major museums," said Karin Gilliam, director of the Martin Museum.

"This show for me is getting things from the back and giving it new life," said Adair McGregor, Martin Museum's collections manager. "This isn't just some collection. I mean, there's great work back there."

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave. on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call (254) 710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

ABOUT MARTIN MUSEUM OF ART

For the past 30 years, the stewardship and mission of the Martin Museum of Art has been one of education and service, bringing art exhibitions, speakers, and guest artists to Baylor University and Central Texas. It serves as a valuable teaching tool for students and faculty. Exhibitions complement the courses of art history and studio art taught within the Department of Art. The permanent collection consists of approximately 1,300 objects and represents a variety of art that has been donated to or purchased by Baylor University. The collection contains artwork by such well-known artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, and Edouard-Leon Cortes. Included in the collection are approximately 300 paintings representing famous watercolor artists such as George Post, Phil Dike, Edgar Whitney, and John Marin.

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