Kermit Oliver To Exhibit Works Nov. 3-Dec. 6

Oct. 31, 2000

The University Art Gallery will feature works by renowned artist Kermit Oliver during an exhibit that opens Friday, Nov. 3, in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. The exhibit will run through Dec. 6.

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."

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.

Admission to the Oliver exhibit is free. The University Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and during matinee and evening theater performances. The museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, through Monday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call Baylor's art department at 710-1867.

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