On Vernon Fisher

Vernon Fisher in his studio. Photo by Christina Patoski. Glasstire

On Vernon Fisher

On Friday, June 26th, Artspace111 will open it's doors for the opening reception of the 2nd Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition, curated by distinguished artist Vernon Fisher. During the exhibition, art patrons will have the chance to view a wide range of artists from the southwest, as well as the opportunity to explore the creative eye of the exhibition's curator, Vernon Fisher.

Vernon Fisher, Private Africa, 1995

Vernon Fisher, Private Africa, 1995 - Courtesy UT Press

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Vernon Fisher made his way into the international spotlight with his conceptual art mixed-media installations that explored the combination of artistic elements into pieces that provoke a sense of impermanence and narrative (or lack thereof). He found inspiration in Edward Ruscha and John Baldessari, and with a series known as the "blackboard paintings" established a unique identity in the art world.

Expanding on his artistic philosophy from there and creating an impressively large body of work, Fisher has been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 1984; and the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist's Fellowship in 1974–75, 1980–81, and 1981–82 and has been included in notable exhibitions that are too numerous to record here. He has been included in over 80 solo shows and his work is in the permanent collection of more than 40 museums world wide.

Vernon Fisher - Ron T. Ennis (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

Credit Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT

But to the artists of North Texas, what makes Vernon Fisher truly impressive is his dedication to the local artistic community. Fisher bolstered the local art scene not only as an internationally acclaimed artist bringing attention to the area, but also as an educator. He was the Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas for 28 years. In an article by Gaile Robinson for the Dallas Morning News, Fisher notes his teaching style, “I tried to be straight with everybody. I couldn’t say that was the norm. Teaching is a hard job. Especially art. There’s just so much subjectivity that a reasonable person has to give the student the benefit of the doubt. You don’t always know good art when you see it, but you do know bad,” Michael Auping shares “I can’t think of any artist-teacher who has had the impact Vernon has had…” His legendary critiques may have brought about many artists' tears, but also lead a new generation of artists to push past mediocrity.

Read Gaile Robinson's Full Article Here

Join Artspace111 on Friday, June 26th to catch a glimpse of Vernon Fisher's choices from Artspace111's latest juried competition. Check back in for an update on the winner of the Best in Show award.




Fort Worth artist Vernon Fisher juries Artspace111 exhibition, Gaile Robinson, Fort Worth Star Telegram