ATLANTA, GA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
is presenting a significant retrospective exhibition of Walkers work in two consecutive parts over the course of 20+ weeks: The Early Years and The Later Years. Both exhibitions will feature works from MOCA GAs collection and archives as well as works provided by numerous other institutions and individual collectors. In conjunction with this major retrospective highlighting the development of a lifelong career, MOCA GA will honor this great artist with a scholarly book, publishing his impact and adding it to the literary canon of art in America.
From his development as an art student and initial foray into the field of arts education in New York and Detroit to his appointments as Chair and Professor of University Arts programs both in California and Georgia, Larry Walker persisted as a successful and prolific working artist. Larry Walkers 60+ years in the arts includes an unparalleled diversity of arts initiatives: the governance of community arts organizations; working as a curator, arts writer, and exhibition juror; and mentoring numerous up and coming artists. Larry Walker Retrospective: The Early years will reveal the development of recurring themes from Walkers earliest works, foreshadowing the beginnings of Walkers most prolific studio period following his retirement from Georgia State University.
Larry Walker (b. 1935 in Franklin, Georgia) grew up in New York City. Walker graduated from New Yorks renowned High School of Music & Art, after which he received his BS in art education and MA in drawing and painting from Wayne State University in Detroit. He taught in the Detroit school system for six years; at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA for 19 years; and at Georgia State University for 17 years, during which he served as the School of Art and Designs director for 11 years. Walker has had numerous solo exhibitions and more than 200 exhibitions to date. He was chosen as one of three recipients of MOCA GAs 2007-2008 inaugural Working Artist Project award. As part of the award, he mounted a solo exhibition at MOCA GA entitled Surface, Spirit Voices and Other Secrets: The Wall Series in Transition. Walker also curated the exhibition Dissolving Stereotypes/Forgings New Dialogues: An Exhibition Beyond Race. Since 2009 Walker has had three solo exhibitions in Philadelphia and Atlanta and has had work included in 11 invitational exhibitions at venues in Atlanta, Oakland, Boston, and Charlotte as well as in Tradition Redefined, The Larry and Brenda Thompson collection, which traveled to Maryland, Jacksonville, FL and Athens, GA. Walker continues to add credits to his substantial accomplishments as an artist, visual arts supporter, juror and curator.