Earl Staley

Earl Staley

EARL STALEY (b. 1938)

Earl Staley grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and resides in Houston, Texas. He is an artist and teacher with more than 50 years of experience. Mr. Staley holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He taught at Washington University, St. Louis; Rice University, Houston; and the University of St. Thomas, Houston, where he was chairperson of the Art Department. Today he teaches in the Fine Art program at Lonestar College-Tomball, TX.  Mr. Staley is the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1981 he received the Rome Prize in Painting from the American Academy in Rome, Italy: he sided in Rome for 4 years. Mr. Staley's paintings look back to his artistic roots and forward to new interpretations of the myths and symbols embedded in his life.


1938                Born, Oak Park, Illinois

                        Resides in Houston, TX



1963                University of Arkansas, M.F.A.

1960                Illinois Wesleyan University, B.F.A.



1975                National Endowment for the Arts

1978                National Endowment for the Arts

1981                Prix de Rome, American Academy in Rome

1985                Mayor's Award, City of Houston

1985                National Endowment for the Arts



2009                M2 Gallery, Houston, TX

2005                Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

2001                Moody Gallery, Houston, TX

1997                Moody Gallery, Houston, TX

1986                Watson Gallery, Houston , TX

1984                The American Academy in Rome; Rome, Italy

1983                "Earl Staley: l973-l983", Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

1981-83           Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY

1980                "Earl Staley Mythologies", Perspectives Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX



2019                "Modernist Visions of the Southwest," Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX

1999                "Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2000," Barbara Davis, Pennzoil Place, Houston, TX

1998                Earl Staley and Suzanne Staley, Liveoak Art Center, Columbus, TX

1997                Alvin Marshall and Earl Staley, Artistic Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

                        Finders/Keepers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

1995                "Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection," The New Museum, New York, NY

                        "The State of the State: Contemporary Art in Texas" from the permanent collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

                        "Texas Myths and Realities," The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

                        Group Show, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX

1993                "Seeing the Forest Through the Trees," Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

1990                "Printmaking in Texas, The l980's", Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (catalog)

                        First Annual Eitelljorg Invitation, the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN

                        "Northwest by Southwest: Painted Fictions", Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA (catalog) tour: Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana; Western Washington State University, Bellingham, WA; Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX

                        "Tradition and Innovation: A Museum Celebration of Texas Art", Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

                        "New Art of the West," Eitellijorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN

1989                "The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection l974-89", Yokohama Museum, Japan

"Landscape: A Travelogue Painted from Memory, Imagination or Reality", Ruth Siegel Gallery, LTD., New York, NY

The Ruth Siegel Gallery at the Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

"ROARRR! The Prehistoric in Contemporary Art", New York State Museum, Albany, NY (catalog)

1988                "Texas Artists Working in New York", 595 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

                        "Texas Art", The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (catalog)

                        "Direction and Diversity", Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX          

1987                "Modern Myths/Classical Renewal", Boise Gallery of Art, Boise; traveled to Yellowstone Art Center; Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Whatcom Museum of Art and History, Bellingham, WA (catalog)

                        "Earl Staley and Bill Haveron", Eugene Binder Gallery, Dallas, TX

1986                Marilyn Butler Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

"l976-l986: Ten Years of Collecting Contemporary Art", Selections from the Edward R. Down, Jr. Collection, Wellesley College Museum, Wellesley, MA (catalog)

"Second Sights", San Francisco Biennial, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (catalog)

"Fresh Paint: the Houston School" Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (traveled to P.S.1, Long Island City, New York and Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK) catalog

1984                "Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained: American Visions of the New Decade", American Pavilion, Venice Biennale (organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, traveling in Europe, and various Eastern European countries (catalog)

                        "Content: A Contemporary Focus, l974-84", Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (catalog)

1983                "New Art From a New City," Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburgh, Austria

                        "Santa Fe Festival of the Arts", Santa Fe, NM (catalog)

"Southern Fictions", Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX (catalog)

"Texas Images and Vision", Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX; traveled to Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christ; Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX (catalog)

1982                American Academy in Rome, Italy

                        American Study Center, Naples, Italy

"Art From Houston in Norway: l982", Stravanger Kunstforening, Norway; traveled to Tromso Kunstforening, Norway, Christiansand Kunstforening, Norway; Oslo Junstforening, Norway, Stavanger(catalog)

"Houston in Dallas", Mattingly Baker Gallery, Dallas, TX

"In Our Time: Houston's Contemporary Art Museum l948-l982", Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX (catalog)

"New Figuration in America", Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (catalog)

Quattro Academie Straniere", Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy

1981                "Directions, l98l", Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.(catalog)

                        "Two Views of Houston", San Antonio Art Institute Gallery, San Antonio, TX

1980                "l980 New Orleans Triennial", New Orleans, Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (catalog)

1978                "Art of Texas", The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

                        " 'Bad' Painting", New Museum, New York, NY (catalog)

                        "Art of Texas", John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

1975                "l975 Biennial Exhibition: Contemporary American Art", Whitney Museum, NY




Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Abraxas Petroleum, San Antonio, TX
Allied Bank, Houston, TX
Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Jones, Houston, TX
Brown & Root, Inc., Houston, TX
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
Chemical Bank, New York
Enron Corporation, Houston, TX
First City National Bank, Houston, TX
Frito-Lay, Dallas, TX
Home Savings of America, Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Lighting, Los Angeles, CA
Paine Weber, New York
Philip Morris, New York
Post Oak Bank, Houston, TX
Texas Commerce Bank, Houston, TX
Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX
Underwood, Neuhaus & Co., Houston, TX
Vinson & Elkins, Houston, TX
Western Bank, Houston, TX
Danheisser Foundation, New York
Edward R. Downe, Jr., New York
Richard Ekstract, New York
Raymond Learsy, New York
H.R.H. Franz Prinz von Bayern, Munich Germany
The Barrett Collection, Dallas, TX
Wilson Industries, Houston, TX
Balene McCormack, Santa, NM
Diane Rudy, Santa Fe, NM
Maxilyn Maxwell, Santa Fe, NM
Michelle & Scott Carpenter, Santa Fe, NM


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