Clarence Morgan is a visual artist whose studio focus is centered on painting, drawing and printmaking – often of an abstract nature. Utilizing random shapes and biomorphic forms within an intricate network of drawing, collage elements and subtle color, Morgan’s work ranges from highly patterned organic painting compositions to meticulously articulated and somewhat minimal collage-drawings. He approaches each work intuitively allowing the forms and elements to find their own natural cadence visual pulse. He studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts with continued study in painting at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts (now renamed Penn Design). Since 1980, his work has been featured in over 100 solo exhibitions in cities across the United States and recently in Beijing.

Morgan has participated in more than 200 group exhibitions in Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minneapolis, Virginia, Beijing, Italy, and Texas among other locations in the United States. He has collaborated to produce one artist book project and several print projects at such places as the Tamarind Institute, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Patton Print Editions at the Anderson Ranch, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and upcoming (2012) at Oregon State University. He has received fellowships and grants from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, Southern Arts Federation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Carolina Arts Council and Art Matters, Inc.

Morgan’s prints, paintings and works on paper can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Asheville Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art and Weisman Museum of Art as well as many private collections throughout the United Sates. Clarence Morgan resides in Minneapolis, MN where he maintains a studio and is a Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. Upcoming one-person exhibitions through 2013 include the following: Jackson Center, School of Architecture at Mississippi State University; Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University; Rosenberg Gallery, James Madison University; Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library Gallery, University of Minnesota; Gallery Joe (Philadelphia, Pa). In 2014 he was commissioned by the Print Club of Cleveland (Cleveland Museum of Art) to create a print edition scheduled to be published in early 2018.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • 4 year Certificant-Diploma: Painting, Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1975 - none
  • M.F.A.: Fine Art, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, 1978 - none
  • summer course credits: Art History (None Degree), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1978 -

Specialties

  • Individual Studio Research
  • The relationship between thinking, making and writing
  • theoretical possibilities within contemporary painting
  • paradoxical relationship between abstract painting and meaning
  • studio critique and the speculative nature of art
  • critical discussions