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Exhibit Gives Glimpse Into Artist's Mind

AMUM staff pose with Dean Ranta and Pat Cloar

Photo by Rhonda Cosentino

The Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM) joined area galleries and museums in celebrating “The Summer of Cloar,” a multivenue event celebrating famous Memphis artist Carroll Cloar, born 100 years ago near Earle, Ark. AMUM’s exhibition, “In His Studio: Carroll Cloar,” will run through Sept. 7.

The U of M revisited its relationship with Cloar in this special exhibition featuring the artist’s reconstructed studio, donated to the museum by his widow, Patricia Cloar Milsted. Located in his house on South Greer in Memphis, the studio walls contained various newspaper clippings, a bullfight poster from his travels to Spain and his Army Air Corps jacket. Cloar lived and worked in the house until his death in 1993.

In addition to the studio, the exhibition includes some of the artist’s earliest work, including lithographs from Cloar’s time as a student at the Art Students League of New York (1930-1947). His series of lithographs, based on photographs sent to him by relatives, of the land and people of East Arkansas earned Cloar his earliest recognition as an artist.

He was awarded the McDowell Traveling Fellowship in 1940, and one lithograph in the series was chosen to be displayed in the Art in America Building during the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.

The exhibition included works on loan from private collections, Pat Cloar Milstead, David Lusk Gallery, the Pink Palace Family of Museums and the University of Memphis Libraries Special Collections.

The addition of privately-owned pieces completes the display of the Cloar’s known lithographs. The library’s Carroll and Pat Cloar Collection houses an archive of drawings, sketches, family photos and stories in the artist’s own words.

For more information, go to AMUM's Carroll Cloar page  or call 901.678.2224.

black and white photo of cloars in their studio

 Pat Cloar reminiscing in Carroll Cloar's reconstructed studio at AMUM

(Top) Carroll and Patricia Cloar discuss the artist's work in his studio, from the Cloar archives at Special Collections, University Libraries. (Above) Patricia Cloar Milsted reflects on times with Carroll in his studio.

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