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Earl  Staley Landscape Day and Night (Trees)
Landscape Day and Night (Trees), 1961-2009
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Earl  Staley

Earl Staley

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EARL STALEY (b. 1938)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Earl Staley earned his undergraduate degree in fine arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and then completed his graduate degree at the University of Arkansas. He was an instructor at Washington University at St. Louis and Rice University before serving as chairperson of the art department at the University of St. Thomas and as head of the fine arts program at Lonestar College in Tomball.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1938 Born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 BFA, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois
  • 1963 MFA, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1963–66 Instructor, Drawing and Printmaking, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1966–69 Instructor, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas
  • 1975, 1978, 1985 Grant Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts
  • 1981 Prix de Rome, American Academy in Rome, Italy
  • 1985 Mayor’s Award, City of Houston, Texas
  • Faculty and Head of Fine Arts, Lonestar College, Tomball, Texas
  • Resides in Tomball, Texas

Selected Exhibitions

·       1958-60 Bloomington Art Association, Bloomington, Illinois

·       1960 29th American Graphics Show, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

·       1960 Bradley National Print Show, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

·       1960-62 Ball State Drawing Show, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

·       1960, 1963 Solos, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

·       1962 Delta Art Exhibit, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

·       1962 National Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

·       1962 32nd Springfield Exhibit, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri

·       1963 Solo, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

·       1963 20th American Drawing Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

·       1963 4th Dixie Annual, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama

·       1963-64 9th-10th Mid-South Exhibit, Books Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

·       1964 Solo, St. James Episcopal Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

·       1964 Solo, St. Louis Junior College, St. Louis, Missouri

·       1964-65 20th-21st Central Illinois Exhibit, Decatur Art Center, Decatur, Illinois

·       1964-66 Faculty Exhibition, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

·       1965 National Academy of Design, New York, New York

·       1965, 1966 Solos, Downstairs Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

·       1966 Invitational, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

·       1966-67 Ontario East Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

·       1966 Print Invitational, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, Missouri; Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

·       1967 Solo, Rice University, Houston, Texas

·       1967, 1968 Solo, Louisiana Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1968 Solo, Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

·       1970 Cranfill Gallery, Dallas, Texas

·       1970 Solo, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1972 The Document Show, David Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1972 Solo, David Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1972 The Tattoo Show, David Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1973 Made in Houston, Louisiana Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1973 Private Works, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

·       1974 Solo, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1974 Houston Area Exhibition 1974, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1974 Solo, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1974 Abstract Painting and Sculpture in Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1975 20th Exhibition of Southwestern Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

·       1975 Solo, Minor Arts, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1975 Biennial Exhibition 1975: Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum, New York, New York (catalogue)

·       1975 The Classic Revival, Lobby Gallery, Illinois Bell, Illinois, traveled to: Lakeview Center for the Arts, Peoria; Quincy Art Center, Illinois; Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Michigan (catalogue)

·       1975 Houston Area Exhibition 1975, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1975 North, East, West, South and Middle, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, traveled to: Pratt Graphics Center, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Forth Worth Art Museum, Texas; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California (catalogue)

·       1975 Five Painters Dallas/Houston, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

·       1976 Solo, Loft-on-Strand Gallery, Galveston, Texas

·       1976 Houston Designer Craftsmen 1976, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1976 The Philadelphia-Houston Exchange, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1976 TEX/LAX: Texas in L.A., Union Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, California, traveled to: Union Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California (catalogue)

·       1977 Solo, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

·       1977 Amarillo Competition, Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas

·       1977 Solo, Oaxaca Watercolors, Texas Gallery, Houston

·       1977 Dimensions, Art League of Houston, Texas

·       1977 Solo, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas

·       1977 Houston Area Exhibit 1977, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1977 Solo, ‘The Meeting of East and West’ and other pictures, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1977 Houston Center Competition, Assistance League of Houston, Texas

·       1977 Southwest Tarrant County Annual, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

·       1978 Solo, Recuerdos, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1978 Art of Texas, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, Illinois

·       1978 ‘Bad’ Painting, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York (catalogue)

·       1978 Beaumont Invitational, Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas

·       1978 Cowboys, Indians & Settlers, Art Center of Waco, Texas (catalogue)

·       1978 A Glimpse of Houston: Works on Paper by 9 Texas Artists, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport, California (catalogue)

·       1978 Little Egypt Enterprises, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1979 Doors: Houston Artists, Alley Theater, Houston Festival, Houston, Texas, traveled to Art Center of Waco, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 Eight Teachers, William A. Vinson Branch, Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas

·       1979 FIRE! Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 From Allan to Zucker, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1979 Invitational Art Exhibit, Crooker Center, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 Made in Texas, Huntington Gallery, University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 On the Right Bank of the Red River: Contemporary Art in Texas, Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York (catalogue)

·       1979 Texas Prints ’79, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas

·       1979 Wood in Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1979 Young America: Painters of the 70’s, organized by the New Museum, New York, for the International Communication Agency, opened in Budapest, Hungary and traveled to various Eastern European countries (catalogue)

·       1980 Solo, The Big Bend, Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston, Texas

·       1980 Houston Area Exhibition: Recapitulation 1928-1960, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1980 Earl Staley: Mythologies, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1980 Houston at Dallas, 500 Exposition Gallery, Dallas, Texas

·       1980 Landscape Show, D.W. Gallery, Dallas, Texas

·       1980 Solo, A Print Retrospective, Little Egypt Enterprises, Houston, Texas

·       1980 New Orleans Triennial 1980, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana (catalogue)

·       1980 A Spiritual View, Rothko Chapel House, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

·       1980, 1981, 1983 Solos, Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston, Texas

·       1981 Annual Drawing Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina

·       1981 Celebration ’81—The Road Show, Assistance League of Houston, Two Houston Center, Texas (catalogue)

·       1981 Two Views of Houston, San Antonio Art Institute Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

·       1981 Directions 1981, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, traveled to Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1981 Salute!, Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas

·       1981 A Texas Group Show 1981, Charles Cowles Galley, New York, New York

·       1981, 1983 Solos, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, New York

·       1982 Four Foreign Academies, American Academy in Rome, Italy (catalogue)

·       1982 Figurative Images: Aspects of Recent Art, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

·       1982 American Study Center, Naples, Italy

·       1982 Art from Houston in Norway 1982, Stavanger Kunstforening, Norway; Tromso Kunstforening, Norway; Christiansand Kunstforening, Norway; Oslo Kunstforening, Norway (catalogue)

·       1982 Solo, Mediterranean Sketches, Sewall Art Gallery, Rice University, Houston, Texas

·       1982 Beast: Animal Imagery in Recent Painting, Institute for Art & Urban Resources at P.S. 1, Long Island City, New York

·       1982 Houston in Dallas, Mattingly Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas

·       1982 By the Sea, Barbara Toll Gallery, New York, New York

·       1982 Hearts and Flowers, Art Center of Waco, Texas (catalogue)

·       1982 The Human Figure, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana (catalogue)

·       1982 In Our Time: Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum 1948-1982, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1982 Little Egypt Enterprises: Selected Prints from 1974 and Limited Edition Ceramics, Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1982 New Figuration in America, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin (catalogue)

·       1982 A Sense of Spirit, Lawndale Annex, University of Houston, Texas

·       1982 Texas on Paper, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, traveled to: University of Colorado, Boulder; Abilene Christian University, Texas; Tyler Museum of Art, Texas; Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Amarillo Art Center, Texas (catalogue)

·       1982 The 37-Hour Show, Houston Festival, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1983 Creatures in Print, Corpus Christi State University Center for the Arts, Well Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

·       1983 New Figurative Drawing in Texas, San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas

·       1983 Solo, Watson/de Nagy & Co., Houston, Texas

·       1983 Six New Gallery Artists, Phillis Kind Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

·       1983 Santa Fe Festival of the Arts: Four State Survey, Santa Fe, New Mexico (catalogue)

·       1983 Southern Fictions, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1983 A Salute to Houston Artists, Midtown Art Center, Houston, Texas

·       1983 Images of Texas, Huntington Art Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, traveled to: Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas (catalogue)

·       1983 New Art From a New City: Houston, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, traveled to: Galerie an der Stadtmauer, Villach, Austria; Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, West Germany (catalogue)

·       1983 The Zoo Show, Clifford Gallery, Dallas, Texas

·       1983 Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

·       1983-84 Earl Staley: 1973–1983, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York (catalogue)

·       1984 Clayworks, Watson/de Nagy & Co., Houston, Texas

·       1984 Five Texans in Venice, Art Teaching Gallery, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas

·       1984 Earl Staley: Skulls & Skeletons, Art Center of Waco, Texas

·       1984 Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained: American Visions of the New Decade, 41st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

·       1984 1984 Show, Houston Women’s Caucus for Art, Two Houston Center, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1984 Landscapes, Watson/de Nagy & Co., Houston, Texas

·       1984 Texas Artists in Corporate Collections, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas

·       1985 Solo, The Opera Faust, Watson/de Nagy Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1985 Fresh Paint: The Houston School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc. (MoMA PS1), Queens, New York; Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma1986 Marilyn Butler Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico (catalogue)

·       1985 Solo, Myth, Symbol Dream Landscapes/Seascapes, Carancahua Gallery, Corpus Christi, Texas

·       1985 Works on Paper: Eleven Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1985 Staged Stages, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1985 Solo, Arriverderci Roma, Watson/de Nagy & Co., Houston, Texas

·       1986 The Texas Landscape, 1900-1986, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1986 Second Sights, San Francisco Biennial, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

·       1986 Collaborators: Artists Working Together in Houston 1969-1986, Glassell School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1987 Solo, Landscapes, Mythologies & Portraits, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1987 Boundless Realism, Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York

·       1987 Modern Myths/Classical Renewal, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, Idaho; Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana; Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; Mills College, Oakland, Califronia; Whatcom Museum of Art and History, Bellingham, Washington

·       1988 20th Century Art in the Museum Collection: Direction and Diversity, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1988 Earl Staley Designs for “Faust,” La Jolla Museum of Modern Art, La Jolla, California

·       1988 Elemental Visions/Personal Landscapes, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas

·       1988 Texas Artists Working in New York, 5959 Broadway Gallery, New York, New York

·       1989 Ruth Siegel Gallery at the Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

·       1989 ROARR! The Prehistoric in Contemporary Art, New York State Museum, Albany, New York

·       1989 Texas Realism, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

·       1989 Landscape: A Travelogue Painted from Memory, Imagination or Reality, Ruth Siegel Gallery, LTD, New York, New York

·       1990 Solo, Mexican Variations, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas

·       1990 New Art of the West, Eitelljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

·       1990 Solo, Recent Paintings: Volcanoes and Portraits, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1990 Northwest x Southwest: Painted Fictions, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California; Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana; Western Washington State University, Bellingham, Washington; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

·       1990 Tradition and Innovation: A Museum Celebration of Texas Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1990 Solo, Paintings and Ceramics, 1976-1990: The Influence of Mexico, Art Gallery, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas

·       1992 Printmaking in Texas: The 1980s, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

·       1993 Seeing the Forest Through the Trees, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

·       1993 Solo, New Paintings, Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1995 Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York , New York

·       1995 Texas Myths and Realities, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       1997 Alvin Marshall and Earl Staley, Artistic Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

·       1997 Finders/Keepers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

·       1998 Earl Staley and Suzanne Staley, Live Oak Art Center, Columbus, Texas

·       1999 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2000, Pennzoil Place, Houston, Texas

·       2001 Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2005 Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2008 Founders of Houston Art: Thirty Artists Who Led the Way, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009 Painting West Texas: 35 Artists/100 Years, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2009 M2 Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2009 Texas Paper: Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings from the Lone Star State, 1938-2008, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Third Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Houston Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 The Presence of Light: Sky and Light in the Texas Landscape, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 Houston Founders at City Hall Art Exhibition, City Hall, Houston, Texas

·       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

Selected Public Collections

  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
  • El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
  • San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California

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