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Retired Meadows Art Professor Roger Winter and Five Alumni Artists Featured in Two New Exhibitions

Dual exhibits will be on view Sept. 15-Oct. 20 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas will present Lost Highway — A Painter’s Journey, an exhibition of works by retired Meadows art professor Roger Winter, and Under the Influence, a selection of works by five former students of Winter’s who have become noted artists: John Alexander, David Bates, Brian Cobble, Lilian Garcia-Roig and Dan Rizzie. The exhibits will be on view September 15-October 20, 2012 at The Mac, 3120 McKinney Avenue in the Uptown District of Dallas. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. A public opening reception with Mr. Winter will be held at The Mac on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

About the Exhibitions

Large Gallery/ New Works Space
Roger Winter
Lost Highway – A Painter’s Journey

Roger Winter, "Devil's Garden", oil on linen,
62" x 86", 1990

Lost Highway — A Painter’s Journey is an exhibition of works by Roger Winter spanning his artistic career from 1965 to the present. In the Large Gallery, The MAC will present a selection of Winter’s monumental paintings from the 1980s to the present. In the New Works Space, a retrospective survey of paintings and sculpture will explore his various stylizations and subject matter.

Roger Winter is one of the most important contemporary Texas painters alive today. Over a 40-year period, he produced a body of work that can only be accomplished by a true master of the medium. Winter’s early works from the ’60s and ’70s are autobiographical paintings, pulled from a mental catalog of images of his family and childhood. Winter’s use of surrealist qualities signifies the intermittent narrative of one’s memory. The following decades are marked by a photorealistic approach to the composition. These stylistic and technical choices are what set him apart from his colleagues. His ability to establish a sense of place and time, notably in the Texas landscape, is unmatched by any living painter working similarly. Winter’s evolution comes full circle in his current body of work in which surrealism coalesces with photorealism. The result is a union between the visual power of his paintings and a poetic, yet challenging, intellectual engagement with the viewer.

Roger Winter, born in Denison, Texas, currently splits his time between his studio in New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Winter earned his B.F.A. from The University of Texas in Austin, where he studied under a legendary Texas landscape painter of an earlier generation, Loren Mozley. He then earned his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, returning to Texas in 1961 where he would teach drawing and painting at Southern Methodist University for 26 years. Winter is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe and Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas.

Note: Lost Highway – A Painter’s Journey is in collaboration with an exhibition of current work by Roger Winter at Kirk Hopper Fine Art, 3008 Commerce Street in Dallas. An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please visit kirkhopperfineart.com for more details about this exhibition.

Square Gallery
John Alexander, David Bates, Brian Cobble, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Dan Rizzie
Under the Influence

John Alexander, "The Father, Son and Holy Ghost", 2008, Oil on Canvas, 24 x30in

Roger Winter’s commitment to teaching has always been a central focus in his life. A professor of painting and drawing at SMU for nearly three decades, Winter mentored many young artists including John Alexander, David Bates, Brian Cobble, Lilian Garcia-Roig and Dan Rizzie. Under the Influence takes a closer look at the relationship between Winter and these five students while highlighting milestone paintings in their own artistic careers.

John Alexander, born and raised in southeast Texas, received his M.F.A. from SMU in 1970. Alexander has exhibited extensively in the United States and around the world, most recently in Beijing. He has had a major retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He is represented by the McClain Gallery in Houston, Texas, and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana.

David Bates currently lives and works in Dallas. He received his M.F.A. from SMU in 1978 and has exhibited extensively across the country since the ’80s. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Betty Cunningham Gallery, New York City and Dunn and Brown Contemporary (now Talley Dunn Gallery), Dallas. Bates is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas.

Brian Cobble earned his M.F.A. from SMU in 1977 and currently resides in New Mexico. Cobble was a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in 1979 and 1981. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas and numerous group exhibitions with the Pastel Society of America in New York City. Cobble is represented by Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas.

Dan Rizzie, "Hawthorne (Ghost)", 2007, acrylic, flashe and paper collage on canvas, 48 x 36 in

Lilian Garcia-Roig earned her B.F.A. from SMU in 1988 and her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1990. She has since exhibited nationally and held a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in 2008. Solo exhibitions include Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida and the Grace Museum of Art in Abilene, Texas.

Dan Rizzie, born in Poughkeepsie, New York, received his B.F.A. from Hendrix College in Arkansas in 1973 and his M.F.A. from SMU in 1975. Rizzie has extensively exhibited in New York and Texas. Recent exhibitions include the Hampton Road Gallery and Peter Marcelle Contemporary, both in Southhampton, New York. In 2005, Rizzie received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hendrix College.

The MAC is producing a full color catalog, Lost Highway — A Painter’s Journey, that will be available to purchase at the opening reception. The catalog will include an essay by esteemed art critic and former Meadows Museum director William B. Jordan, an interview with Jean Valentine, the Poet Laureate of New York State, and a special dedication to the late Nancy Cone Hanley. A limited edition of the catalog will include a DVD interview by Quin Mathews Films featuring Roger Winter with John Alexander, David Bates and Lilian Garcia-Roig. The interview will also be available for purchase separate from the catalog.

About the MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as Dallas’ advocate for creative freedom, offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist role in society, providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association, The Uptown Association and The Luxury Marketing Council.

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