Prof Clarence E Morgan

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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

Educational Background

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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
Courses Taught
  • ArtS 3444 - Major Project
  • ArtS 5104 - The Nature of Abstraction
  • ArtS 5120 - Advanced Painting
  • ArtS 5990 - Independent Study in Art
  • ArtS 8400 - Seminar: Theoretical Constructions in Contemporary Art
  • ArtS 8990 - M.F.A. Creative Thesis
  • ArtS 8100 - Drawing & Painting: Theory and Practice
  • ArtS 1102 - Painting
  • ArtS 5400 - Seminar: Concepts & Practices in Art
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Burt & Elizabeth Harwood Artist-in-Residence Program, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico: 2002
  • Tamarind Institute, Print Project Residency, University of New Mexico, Alburquerque, NM: 2002
  • Open Studio, Artist-in-Residence Program, Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico: 2002
  • Artist Lecture, Simpson College, Department of Art, Indianola, IA: 2003
  • Member, B.F.A. Review Committee, Department of Art, University of Minnesota: 1992 - present
  • Chair, Visiting Artist Committee, Department of Art, University of Minnesota: 1992 - present
  • Chair, Merit Evaluation Committee, Department of Art, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Member, College Art Association:
  • Chair, Art Department, University of Minnesota: Administration , July 2004 - July 2010
  • Visiting Artist, Department of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL: Public Lecture, conducted graduate critiques , October 23, 2003 - October 24, 2003
  • Panel Chair at the Mid America College Art Association: MACAA Conference: "Interplay", sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, College of Visual Arts, Macalester College, St. Olaf College, and MACAA , October 6, 2004 - October 9, 2004
  • College Art Association Mentor: participated as a Career Development Workshop Mentor at 92ns Annual CAA Conference in Seattle, WA , February 19, 2004
  • Board of Directors: College Art Association , 1992 - 1996
  • Visiting Artist: Stanford University, Department of Art & Art History, Palo Alto, CA , 2004
  • Visiting Artist: Yale University, School of Art, New Haven, CT , 2005


  • The Ideal Terrain: subjectivity and materiality in painting: As a visual artist working intuitively allows me to tinker with the material and conceptual process as well as explore alternative form/shape possibilities within the painting arena I have chosen, January 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005
  • Studio research practice: on-going
  • New Printmaking Project: Print Project at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, August 2011 - on-going


  • College Art Association: Nominating Committee, 2010 - 2011


  • Exhibition: David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM: Un-titled (Abstraction), July 20, 2010 - August 28, 2010
  • Exhibition at York College of Pennsylvania: Public lecture and critique of student work, September 30, 2010 - October 25, 2010
  • Exhibition: "Light Affliction": One-Person exhibition at "eo art lab in Chester, CT, November 3, 2010 - November 28, 2010
  • Visiting Artist at Brigham Young University, Department of Visual Art: Lecturer and studio critiques of student work, November 18, 2010 - November 19, 2010
  • Exhibition: "Clarence Morgan: The Vernacular of Pleasure," Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico, Taos, NM: 2003
  • Exhibition: "If Light Could Speak: Recent Works," Simpson College, Farnham Galleries, Indianola, IA: 2003
  • Exhibition: "Clarence Morgan: Major Paintings," Kidder Smith Gallery, Boston, MA: 2002
  • Exhibition: "Clarence Morgan: Recent Work," Rosenberg+Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY: 2001
  • Exhibition: "Clarence Morgan: New Print Editions," Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN: 2001
  • Exhibition: "Squaring Off: New York," David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN: 2000
  • Group exhibition: "Materiality: New Surfaces & Forms," Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Department of Art, Detroit, MI: 2003
  • Group exhibition: "European Landscape Project: Archaeological Sites," Municipality of Cortona, S. Agostino Conference Center, Italy: 2002
  • Solo exhibition: "Hybrid Archetype: Clarence Morgan," Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa: 2003
  • Interrupted Universe: Seven New Prints by Clarence Morgan, October 28, 2005 - November 22, 2005
  • New Drawings: Solo exhibition at Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. Architecture & Interior Design, 2004
  • Clarence Morgan: New Paintings: Solo exhibition at Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN, April 9, 2005 - May 14, 2005
  • The School Stories Project for "Clarence Morgan: Teenage Years". Morgan, Clarence, In conjunction with Thomas Rose's "A is for Artist: The Art of Forgetfulness", University of Minnesota, Nash Gallery Installation, 2002.
  • Sifting through the visual fuction and dysfunction of words and image. Morgan, Clarence, none.
  • Epigram for Embarrassment of Survival: selected poems 1970-2000 by Paul Vangelisti. Morgan, Clarence, Marsilio/Agincourt, 2001.
  • Practice Makes Perfect or Easy Does It. Morgan, Clarence, 2000.
  • Jerome Foundation Study and Travel Grant, 1998
  • Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, 1998
  • McKnight Research Award, 1999
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship
  • Faculty Imagine Fund Recipient, 2010 - 2012
  • MCAD/McKnight Artist Fellowship, 2000
  • College of Liberal Arts, Dean's Medalist, 2005
  • 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts