Ed Bearden

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A Dallas native, Bearden moved with his family to St. Louis when he was ten years of age. There he studied three years in a children’s program at the City Art Museum. He returned to Dallas where he attended high school and then received his baccalaureate in art at Southern Methodist University (1941), working under Jerry Bywaters and Elizabeth Walmsley. When Bywaters became director of the Dallas Museum of Arts, Bearden became his assistant, a position he held for ten years, including a 1944 leave of absence to study under Otis Dozier and Boardman Robinson at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

In 1948 Bearden joined the art faculty at Southern Methodist University where he taught four years. He was active thereafter in various activities: painting portraits of the presidents of the United States and of the actors in the movie Giant on location in Marfa, Texas; executing private portrait commissions; owning and operating an advertising agency; serving as a founding director of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts; and painting for his own enjoyment. His works were reproduced in the magazines Ford Times and Humble Way. Bearden died in Dallas.

Exhibitions: Annual Allied Arts Exhibition, Dallas (1942 award, 1943 award, 1944 purchase prize and award, 1945 - 46, 947 award, 1948 - 50); Lone Star Printmakers Circuit Exhibition (1942); Texas General Exhibition (1943, 1944 award, 1946 - 48); Annual Texas Print Exhibition, Dallas (1943 - 44, 1945 award, 1947); Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1944 one-man); Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition (1944); Corpus Christi Caller-Times Annual Exhibition (1944, 1946); Southwestern Prints and Drawings Annual Exhibition, Dallas (1948 - 1951); Texas Painting and Sculpture Annual Exhibition (1950, 1952, 1954); Texas Watercolor Society (1950, 1952 - 1954); D.D. Feldman Collection of Contemporary Texas Art, Dallas (1955); Dallas Public Library (1955); Meadows Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas (1983); Survey of Texas Artists 1890-1990, Longview Museum and Arts Center (1991); Oil Patch Dreams, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (1998 traveling exhibition).

Affiliations: Dallas Advertising Artists Association; Dallas - Fort Worth Art Directors Club; Dallas - Fort Worth Men of art Guild; Lone Star Printmakers; Texas Watercolor Society.

Collections: Dallas Museum of Art; Jefferson Historical Museum

Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors and Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers

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