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William Jewell to observe gift of Shannon paintings
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 14, 2010

William Jewell College will acknowledge a gift of several paintings by American artist David Patric Shannon during a reception at 10:15 a.m. April 30 in the lobby of Curry Library on the campus in Liberty, Mo. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The Shannon paintings are a gift from the estate of Ann Marie Shannon, and will be on permanent display in Curry Library on the William Jewell campus. They will be added to an existing collection of Shannon paintings currently owned by the College which are on display in Yates-Gill College Union.

Shannon (1920-1998) was an American Abstract Expressionist painter who was also an educator and leader in the arts and museum field. In his paintings, he sought to “express the life of the inner world of mind, imagination, and feelings as a response to the plastic elements that engage the eye.” Influenced by the space and light of the Southwestern landscape, his work reflects the wide-open expanses of the land and its vibrant colors and shapes.

Born in Durant, Oklahoma, Shannon served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-45 and then began his formal training as an artist. He received his A.B. from Stanford University in 1949, and his M.A. from the University of California in 1950. He also studied with the influential Abstract Expressionist master, German-born Hans Hofmann, at the Hans Hofmann School of Painting in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Shannon did further post-graduate work in art history at the University of California from 1963-64.

Besides his work as a painter, Shannon held professional positions including Chairman of the Art Department at Austin College, Sherman, Texas (1956-61); Professor of Art at San Jose State College (1964-65); Director of the Oklahoma Art Center in Oklahoma City (1965-72); Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1972-73); and was a frequent guest teacher of advanced painting and figure drawing at William Jewell College. In 1961, he married Dr. Ann Marie Woods Shannon, Distinguished Service Professor of English Emerita at William Jewell.

His work was included in group exhibitions at such noted institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1948), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1950), the Oakland Art Gallery (1950), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1950), and the Dallas Museum of Fine Art (1957). His work is found in the public collection of William Jewell College, and in numerous private collections throughout Liberty and Kansas City and beyond. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, 1973.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.
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