FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2004
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Art of Walter Anderson topic of discussion at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Art of Walter Anderson will be the subject of
discussion at Mississippi University for Women Monday, April 5.
Mississippi State University Professor Brent Funderburk, who is
considered to be an expert on the art and life of Walter Anderson, will
give the presentation at 4 p.m. in the gallery of Shattuck Hall.
MUW art alumna Courtney Blossman (’63) of Ocean Springs, said, “This is
coming from the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs to our
friends in the state in celebration of Walter’s 100th birthday. Cellular
South was kind enough to sponsor free lectures by several knowledgeable
lecturers all over the state and tri-state area surrounding
American master artist Walter Inglis Anderson was born in 1903 in New
Orleans. He attended the Parsons Institute of Design in New York and the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where his drawings earned him a
scholarship for study abroad.
After traveling Europe, Anderson returned to Ocean Springs, married and
had children and worked creating molds and decorating earthenware at
Shearwater Pottery, founded by his brother. He later worked on regional
Works Progress Administration mural projects.
In the late 1930s, Anderson was diagnosed with severe depression and
spent three years in and out of hospitals. Following his
hospitalizations, his family moved to Gautier, where he produced
thousands of works of art that reflected his training. With the
understanding of his family in the late 40s, Anderson left his family
and took on a solitary existence. During this time, he lived alone in a
cottage on the Shearwater compound, increasing his visits to Horn
Island, one of a group of barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf
Coast. He lived there working in the open and sleeping under his boat,
for weeks at a time. Despite the extreme weather conditions, he painted
and drew a multitude of species of island vegetation, animals, birds and
Anderson died at the age of 62 in a New Orleans hospital of lung cancer.
Funderburk, who will discuss Anderson, was a curatorial consultant for
the "Interior Images: The Influence of the Caves of France on the Art of
Walter Inglis Anderson" exhibit at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and
has spoken at the museum regarding the art and life of Walter Anderson.
Funderburk’s paintings have been presented in 21 person exhibitions
across the South and Midwest. His awards include the Burlington Northern
Faculty Excellence Awards and the John Grisham Teaching Award.