Words and Pictures by UNT Regents Professor of Art Emeritus Vernon Fisher is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures from 1980 to the present and celebrates the grand opening of the expanded and integrated College of Visual Arts and Design building at the University of North Texas.
Born in 1943 in Fort Worth, Vernon Fisher is one of Texas's most internationally recognized artists. He has lived and worked in Fort Worth since 1977. Fisher received a BA in English literature from Hardin-Simmons University in 1967 and an MFA from the University of Illinois in 1969. He was Associate Professor of Art at Austin College in Sherman, Texas from 1969 to 1978 and Regents Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of North Texas in Denton from 1978 to 2006. Influenced by artists such as Edward Ruscha and John Baldessari, Fisher constructs visual narratives, combining images and language in a wide range of media. His work has been featured in two Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial exhibitions and in over 80 solo exhibitions worldwide. His works are in the collections of more than 40 museums. Vernon Fisher has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1995), the College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award (1992), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1984), and the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist’s Fellowship (1974, 1980, 1981).
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