Thursday, July 1, 2010

2007/2008 WAP Winner Larry Walker

Larry Walker was one of three artists picked to receive MOCA GA's Working Artist Project Award in its inaugural 2007/2008 year. He was also the first to exhibit. His show, which opened on June 14, 2008 and was entitled Surface, Spirit Voices and Other Secrets: The Wall Series in Transition, received resounding critical acclaim.

Since his WAP Exhibition at MOCA GA, Walker has participated in numerous exhibitions and projects. He had a solo exhibition at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, GA from October 31, 2008 through January 10, 2009 as well as a solo exhibit entitled Enigmatic Spirits at the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, September 4-30, 2009.

A solo exhibition of twenty Larry Walker paintings entitled Emerging Spirits and Other Secrets was held at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta from November 6, 2009 through January 8, 2010. One of Walker's paintings was included in Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art, held at the Driskell Center at the University of Maryland from February 18 to May 29, 2009. This exhibition, which will travel, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida last month.

During 2009, Walker was honored to receive one of the $3,000 awards provided by Artadia (The Fund for Art and Dialogue) to artists in the metro Atlanta area following an extensive selection process.

A video interview featuring aspects of Walker's career as an artist and professor will be shown in a film titled "The Mystic Artist," produced by Andre Henderson and David Sereda. Walker also completed an extensive oral history piece for MOCA GA in late 2008, which according to him "was one of the most important parts of the Working Artist Project sponsored by the Loridans Foundation. The longevity/legacy aspect of the oral history video offers the prospect of research and study for future generations."

In May, a selection of paintings from Walker's Wall Series was featured in an exhibition entitled WORD, curated by Mark Karelson and held at the Peters Street Projects (163 Peters Street), a new venue in the Castleberry Hill area. The exhibition opened May 14 and will run through July 2, 2010. Walker also hosted a studio visit and talk for graduate students from the Ernest Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in June.

Other upcoming events and projects that Larry Walker will participate in include serving as juror for the exhibition sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance in late summer as well as serving as the juror for the South Carolina State Fair Exhibition in October.

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