Dallas Contemporary has announced that former Meadows School professor and artist Roger Winter and former Meadows Museum director William B. Jordan, along with arts patrons Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, have received the 2007 Contemporary Legends Awards.
Presented annually by the Dallas Contemporary, a museum showcasing contemporary art, the awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary talent, generosity, and commitment to the visual arts in Texas. Three recipients are honored for their contributions as artist, professional and arts patron.
Roger Winter, professor of painting at the Meadows School for 25 years and currently professor emeritus, is a nationally known artist. From the minimalism and reductionism of the 1960s, Winter created a style that blends photo-realism and neo-impressionism. In wall-sized and medium paintings, this dedicated artistís 40-year career captures family life in suburbia and the cacophony of New Yorkís urban street scenes.
An exhibit of Winterís works exploring landscape and reality will be on view at the Dallas Contemporary from Sept. 7 - Oct. 27, 2007 (http://www.thecontemporary.net). It will be the first comprehensive showing of his works since his Subway Series and Beyond exhibit at the Meadows Museum in 2005.
From 1967 to 1981 William B. Jordan was director of the Meadows Museum at SMU, where he also served as professor of art history and chairman of the Division of Fine Arts. Under his guidance the Meadows Museum developed one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. He subsequently served as Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum.
Since 1990 Jordan has devoted himself to private research and to curating exhibitions at such institutions as the Prado Museum in Spain and The National Gallery in London. Jordan is a trustee of The Nasher Foundation and The Nasher Sculpture Center of Dallas, a trustee and past president of The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and serves on the board of The Foundation for the Arts at the Dallas Museum of Art.
In the 14-year history of the awards, numerous recipients have had SMU connections. They include artist Frances Bagley, former adjunct professor; artist David Bates, alumnus; artist Linnea Glatt, former adjunct professor; Paul Rogers Harris, former faculty member; artist Bill Komodore, professor of painting; John Lunsford, former adjunct professor and former Meadows Museum director; artist Melissa Miller, former Distinguished Visiting Professor; artist Pamela Nelson, alumna; artist James Surls, former faculty member; and alumna Cheryl Vogel, whose family manages the Valley House Gallery.
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