Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Information

Clarence Major grew up in Chicago where he took private art lessons from Gus Nall and attended drawing and lecture classes at the Art Institute. His teachers were Addis Osborne, Cynthia Bollinger and others. He later earned a Ph.D. in both fine arts and literature from Union Graduate Institute and University/Vermont College. His paintings have been featured in many solo and group shows, and are in many private and several public collections. The University of North Carolina Press published an illustrated book about his paintings and writing, Clarence Major and His Art in 2001. He also teaches poetry and other subjects at the University of California, Davis.

Exhibition History

Solo Exhibitions:

"Twenty Oil Paintings," Sarah Lawrence College Library, Bronxville, New York, spring, 1974.

"New Works on Paper," First National Bank Gallery, Boulder, Colorado, January 3-17, 1986.

"Double Consciousness: The Paintings of Clarence Major," Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, September 4-October 28, 2001.

"Figures in Full," 35 paintings on a 5-at-a-time rotating display for a year,, 2002.

"It' s Raining Art," Schacknow Museum of Fine Art, Plantation, Florida, April-May, 2003.

"A Festival of Figures," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, California, April 2003.

"Impressions of Yolo County," The Main Street Gallery, Winters, CA., August 5-31, 2004.

Title to be announced, Paterson Art Museum, Paterson New Jersey, 2007.

Group Exhibitions:

Oil painting entry, Carnegie Institute Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1950. [National exhibition of the best works by high school art students].

Oil painting entry, Montgomery Ward Department Store Gallery, Chicago, 1952. [National exhibition of the best works by high school art students].

Two paintings on display for sale. Gayle Gallery, Chicago, 1957.

Three paintings on display for sale. Gayle Galley, Chicago, 1958.

Two paintings on display for sale, Gayle Gallery, Chicago, 1959.

"Winds Over the Rockies" exhibition, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, 1979.

Five paintings: "Banjo," "Five Figures," "Four Figures," "Rest," and "Gas Station," Poet Jazz Paint Exhibition, Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, California, April 2001.

[Five paintings on display] "Spirit Made Visible," John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California, May 9-June 7, 1992. Show also curated by Clarence Major, included works by Robert Colescott, Raymond Saunders, Oliver Jackson, and Mary Lovelace O' Neal.

"Birds," Families First, Davis, California, July 1992. [A John Natsoulas sponsored exhibition].

"All Creatures Great and Small," John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California, 1993.

[Five paintings] Kiln Theo Studio and Gallery, Winters, California, 1999. [Paintings on display for a year]

Three paintings: "Baseball," "Blue Vase," and "Two Figures," The Charles Rowell Collection Exhibition, Texas A & M University Art Museum, College Station, Texas, June 2002.

"Sweet Betty," John Natsoulas Gallery, October 2002.

[8 paintings] "Figuratively Speaking," The Exploding Head Gallery, August 2004.

[22 paintings] "Small Works, Small Prices, The Main Street Gallery, November-December, 2004.

"Waiting," and "The Mirror," Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004, California Historical Society Museum, San Francisco, December 11 2004-April 16 2005.

Title to be announced, Blue Hills Gallery, Winters, CA., April, 2005.

Title to be announced, Paterson Art Museum, Paterson, New Jersey, 2