Larry Walker

Artadia Awardee

Before meeting Larry, several of the artists I had conducted studio visits with told me how important he was to their practice. It was easy to see why; we spoke about the process of archiving one’s career and mostly about his pedagogical practice in teaching younger generations. It was a real honor to have a conversation with him.” – Meg Onli, Assistant Curator, ICA Philadelphia

Walker utilized painting, drawing, collage, and mixed materials as the primary processes for his work. His career spanned 50+ years and included an extensive exhibition record: more than 200 invitational and juried group presentations and sixty solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art centers in various parts of the country.

Walker’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, private collectors, and corporations, including The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA); The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Huntsville Museum; The Los Angeles County Museum; The Collection of Hallmark Cards Inc.; The High Museum; The Georgia Museum of Art; The African American Museum in Dallas and other publicly accessible sites.

Walker, the youngest of eleven was born in Franklin, GA. Following the death of his father in 1936, Walker’s formative years were spent in New York City. There, he graduated from the High School of Music & Art before relocating to Detroit, MI for college. He has a BS in Art Education and an MA in Drawing and Painting from Wayne State University.

His 42-year academic experience included six years in Detroit Public Schools, 19 years at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA (7 years as Department Chairman) and 17 years at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA (11 years as Director of the School of Art and Design). He retired as a Professor Emeritus.