July Issue 1999
Morris Gallery in Columbia Features Works by John O'Neil
The Morris Gallery in Columbia, SC, will present an exhibit entitled, A Year In Provence, showcasing over thirty paintings by Dr. John O'Neil made in the South of France. The exhibit will be on view from July 14 through Aug. 13.
Dr. John O'Neil, Ed. D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, who was also Chair of the Department of Art from 1973 to 1995. He was on sabbatical in France during a year spanning 1997 to 1998.
O'Neil and his family lived on a farm a few kilometers north of Aix in Provence. Aix was the home of the painter Paul Ceyainne. He spent much of his time updating materials for his courses at the university, lecturing at the Marchutz School of Painting (part of the Institute of American Studies) and painting and drawing the local landscape. In an attempt to educate himself in the history of Post Impressionism he tried to "see" the countryside the way they might see it. O'Neil attempted to develop a style that would suggest impressionism with a more contemporary touch.
O'Neil received his Masters, MFA and Doctors degrees from Columbia University in New York City. His undergraduate degree is from New York State University at Buffalo. He did further study at the University of Florence, Florence, Italy 1959-1960. He was a graphic design/photographer in New York City and worked for the Mutual Broadcasting Company and several advertising agencies including Time-Life Magazine, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and B. Altman department stores.
O'Neil has exhibited drawings, paintings and ceramic work at museums and galleries throughout the eastern United States. He has served as an officer in numerous arts organizations - The Columbia Museum of Art, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Southeastern Graphic Council.
As an art educator Dr. O'Neils particular concern has been with information graphics. He has devoted extensive research into the development of a rationale for the design of public information. His effort has culminated in his appointment to a select group comprising the special Presidential Panel of Graphic Design experts charged with upgrading federal graphics and architecture.
O'Neil has had works included in over 250 exhibitions at the local, regional, national and international levels including: Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, St. Paul's Cathedral Gallery, New York, NY, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, Center of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, and Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA.
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