McKie Trotter

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McKie Trotter
MCKIE “MAC” MASSENBURG TROTTER III (1918-1999) McKie Trotter was born in 1918 in Manchester, Georgia. He pursued his growing interest in art, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. Drafted into the war, Trotter served as infantry captain in 1943 and found himself as a prisoner of war until 1945. After the war, he returned to Georgia and earned his Master’s at the University of Georgia, Athens. Later, a teaching position in Fort Worth prompted him to relocate to Texas. Selected Biographical and Career Highlights · 1918 Born in Manchester, Georgia · 1940 BA, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia · 1943-45 Served in U.S. Army, Infantry Captain and P.O.W. · 1950 MFA, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia · 1948-53 Instructor and Professor, Texas Wesleyan College, Fort Worth, Texas · 1953-88 Professor of Art, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas · 1999 Died in Fort Worth, Texas Selected Prizes, Awards · Texas Watercolor Society: Cash Prize 1953 1953 Cash Prize, Night Moment, watercolor · Texas Fine Arts Association: Cash Prize 1953 1953 Cash Prize, Reminiscence · Texas General: Purchase Prize 1953, 1958 1953 Purchase Prize, Dry Dock, oil 1958 Purchase Prize, Earthscape #6, oil · Southwestern Prints and Drawings: Purchase Prize 1958 1958 Purchase Prize, Conejos River Canyon, Colorado, conte and graphite Selected Exhibitions · 1946 Annual Exhibition of the Southern States Art League, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia · 1946 First Southeastern Annual Exhibition of Oils and Watercolor, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia · 1946 Third Annual Paintings of the Year (Pepsi Cola) Competition, National Academy of Design, New York, New York · 1947 Five Southern Colleges, Student Art Exhibition, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia · 1948 Virginia Intermont · 1949-53 Fort Worth Local Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth Art Association Gallery, Public Library, Fort Worth, Texas · 1950 Annual Jury Exhibition, Watercolor Society of Alabama · 1950 12th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1950-1951, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1950 Mecoy Hall Gallery Opening, Murray State College · 1951 Texas Watercolor Society 2nd Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas · 1951-53 General Exhibition, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas · 1952 One Sculptor, Three Painters, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1952 Sixteen Texas Painters, Betty McLean Gallery, Dallas, Texas · 1952 Mid-American Annual, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Kansas · 1952 Texas Contemporary Artists, M. Knoedler & Company, New York, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (catalogue) · 1952 Texas Wildcat Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California · 1952 14th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1952, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas · 1953 Texas Watercolor Society 4th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas, selection circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Texas A&M University, College Station; Texas A&I College, Kingsville; Centennial Museum, Corpus Christi, Texas (purchase prize) · 1953 15th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1953, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas cash prize) · 1953 Texas Fine Arts Festival, Coliseum, Austin, Texas · 1954 16th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1954, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1954 Fort Worth Local Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1954 Seventeen Years: An Exhibition of the First Prize Winners in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture in the 17 Annual Exhibitions of Work by Fort Worth Artists Held by the Fort Worth Art Association, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue) · 1954, 1955 Annual Exhibition of Western Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado · 1954 Texas Watercolor Society 5th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1954 Former Student Show, La Grange College, La Grange, Texas · 1954 McKie Trotter, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1954 Younger American Painters, Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York · 1955 The World Around Us: 100 Years of American Landscape, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1955 17th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1955-1956, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas · 1955 Annual Exhibition for Artists of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth · 1955 Texas Watercolor Society 6th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas · 1955 Annual Mid-Year Show, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio · 1955 Artists West of the Mississippi, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado · 1955 The Artist-Teacher Today: U.S.A., College at Oswego, New York · 1955 Annual Spring Exhibition, Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana · 1956 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Tarrant County Artists, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texcas · 1956 Annual Spring Exhibition, Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana · 1956 6th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, Texas; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Texas Tech College Museum, Lubbock; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater · 1956 18th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1956-1957, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas · 1956 Texas Watercolor Society 7th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas · 1956 Gulf-Caribbean Art Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, traveled to: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado (catalogue) · 1956 McKie Trotter, Grand Central Moderns, New York, New York · 1956 Mary Washington Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia · 1956 Cotton, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama · 1957 Texas Fine Arts Association Annual Spring Jury Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas · 1957 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Tarrant County Artists, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1957 First Columbia Painting Biennial, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina · 1957 Survey of Painting in Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, circulated by American Federation of Arts (catalogue) · 1957 Annual Autumn Exhibition, Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana · 1958 McKie Trotter, Men-of-Art Guild, Guild Gallery, Dallas, Texas · 1958 The Iron Horse in Art, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1958 20th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1958-1959, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; TFAA, Laguna Gloria Gallery, Austin; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; San Angelo Art Club, San Angelo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (purchase prize) · 1958 8th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas (purchase prize) · 1958 Texas Oil ’58, A Salute to the Oil Industry of the State by Texas Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Bank of the Southwest, Houston; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas (catalogue) · 1958 Texas Fine Arts Association Circuit Exhibition, selected from works shown at the Association’s annual meeting, circulated to numerous venues · 1959 Made in Texas by Texans, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Sheraton-Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas (catalogue) · 1959 9th Southwestern Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1959 Texas Watercolor Society 10th Annual Exhibition, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1959 1st Annual Southwest American Painting Exhibition, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 1959 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Tarrant County Artists, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1959 Southwestern Artists Biennial Exhibition, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico · 1959 McKie Trotter, Junior Service League of Houston, Texas · 1960 Southwestern Art: A Sampling of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1960 Painting: McKie Trotter, Sculpture: Charles Williams, Fifth Avenue Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas · 1960 Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by Tarrant County Artists, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1960 Annual Exhibition of Western Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado · 1961 Annual Exhibition for Artists of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1962 24th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1962-1963, circulated: Witte Museum, San Antonio; Centennial Art Museum, Corpus Christi; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967 Annual Exhibition for Artists of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1963 Annual Invitational Painting Exhibition, Junior Service League of Longview, Nicholson Memorial Library, Longview, Texas · 1967 Annual Tarrant County Show, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth, Texas · 1968 Annual Invitational Painting Exhibition, Junior Service League of Longview, Nicholson Memorial Library, Longview, Texas · 1968 Texas Painting and Sculpture 1968, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas · 1969 Exhibition by Artists of TCU and Fort Worth, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas · 1969 Annual Invitational Painting Exhibition, Junior Service League of Longview, Nicholson Memorial Library, Longview, Texas · 1971–72 Texas Painting and Sculpture: The 20th Century, Pollack Galleries, Owen Arts Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, traveled to: Witte Confluence Museum, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio; University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; The Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (catalogue) · 1981 TCU Faculty Exhibition, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas · 1986 Beyond Regionalism: The Fort Worth School (1945-1955), Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas · 1992 Prints of the Fort Worth Circle 1940-1960, Huntington Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Texas · 2001 First Light: Local Art and the Fort Worth Public Library 1901–1961 . . . A Centennial Exhibit, Fort Worth Central Library, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue) · 2005 Celebrating Early Texas Art: Treasures from Dallas-Fort Worth Private Collections, 1900-1960, Fort Worth Community Center, Fort Worth, Texas (catalogue) · 2007 Texas Modern: The Rediscovery of Early Texas Abstraction (1935-1965), Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas (catalogue) · 2008 McKie Trotter: Back Again at Last, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas (catalogue) · 2009 Painting West Texas: 35 Artists/100 Years, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas (catalogue) · 2009 Back to the Future: Elements of “Modern” in Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2009 A Texas Sampler: Vintage Paintings by Thirty Texas Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2009 Texas Paper: Watercolors, Pastels and Drawings from the Lone Star State, 1938-2008, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2009-10 Texas Art Seen, Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas · 2010 Water Rites: Rivers, Lakes, and Streams in Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2010 The Presence of Light: Sky and Light in the Texas Landscape, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2010 Texas Collages: A Tribute to Kurt Schwitters, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2011 Trotter & Luce: Expanding the Boundaries of Texas Abstraction, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2011 Lone Star Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2011 Breakthrough: Sixty Years of Texas Abstraction, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2012 A Survey of Texas Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2012 Texas Expressionism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2014 Regional Connotations: Two Modernists in Cowtown—Works on Paper by Cynthia Brants & Paintings by McKie Trotter, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas · 2014 Lone Star Masters of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2015 The Reductive Landscape: Paintings & Drawings by Jack Boynton and McKie Trotter, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas · 2018 McKie Trotter III: SCAPES, Moudy Gallery, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas Selected Public Collections Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Murray State College, Tishomingo, Oklahoma Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
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