Rhodes Alumnus and Painter Carroll Cloar ’34 Honored with Centennial Exhibition at Brooks Museum

Carroll Cloar donning a 25th college reunion name badge for the Class of 1934

This year marks the 100th birth year of acclaimed surrealist and realist painter Carroll Cloar (1913-1993) who graduated with a B.A. degree from Rhodes in 1934.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, located near campus, is currently presenting “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South.” Among other venues with exhibitions commemorating Cloar’s life and work is Rhodes alumnus David Lusk ’87, owner of the David Lusk Gallery located at 4540 Poplar Ave.

Cloar was born in rural Arkansas and grew up on a cotton farm. At Rhodes, he ran track and served on the Sou’wester newspaper staff. Cloar traveled to Europe after graduation and few years later returned to the United States where he studied art in New York and Memphis. In 1946, he visited Mexico on a Guggenheim fellowship.

Known for his images of Southern culture and rural America, sometimes depicting events from his own life, Cloar has been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, Life magazine, Time magazine andArt News. In addition, his work has been shown at prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. One of Cloar’s paintings “Faculty and Honor Students, Lewis School House,” was reproduced as a poster for the 1993 Presidential inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton.

The exhibition at the Memphis Brooks of Art is on view now through Sept. 13, 2013. View related events.