The Figure in Woodcuts
Sept. 4 - Nov. 17
The fall show at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art will focus on Jerry B. Walters from Farmington, Mo., in a show titled “The Figure in Woodcuts.” The show runs Sunday, Sept. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 17, commencing with the artists’ reception on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Walters will be showing 26 woodcuts. Also included in the show will be gifts bequeathed to The Ashby-Hodge Gallery by the late Virginia Monroe (CMU ’70), who was an original member of The Ashby-Hodge Board and director of docents; and artworks given by Dr. John Hutcherson (CMU ’56), who was a member of the CMU Board of Trustees for many years and who currently lives in Denver, Colo.
Jerry B. Walters was born in Indiana and grew up in Decatur, Ill. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1964 from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale and his master’s from the University of Kansas in 1969.
His specialty is woodcuts. “I am truly excited by the relief process of woodcuts,” he said. “I think this is because the process seems to be one that combines the disciplines of drawing, sculpture, and printmaking.”
Walters taught art on a variety of levels for more than 40 years. He settled as professor of art and art history at Mineral Area College (MAC) in Park Hills, Mo., where Central has had a partnership program since 1989. For 20 years, Walters served as the chairman of the Fine Arts Department. He is now professor emeritus at MAC.
In addition to teaching, Walters has also been a lecturer for many community groups and art associations, most notably for the Missouri Humanities Council.
He is still very active in his field. He continues to create art, travel, and conduct workshops. His work has been shown in a number of group and solo shows throughout the Midwest and along the East coast.
“I concentrate mostly on the human figure,” he said, “trying to use the texture and dramatic contrast of black and white to create a feeling of modeling, movement, and depth to energize the image of the figure.
“The cutting of the matrix is a very sculptural process... I am trying to achieve a liveliness and freshness to the printed image.”
Walters’ work has won awards from numerous art groups, including St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton, St. Charles Community College, Art St. Louis, National Works on Paper, Midwest Printmaking Show, and the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles. He also continues to hold workshops on the relief printmaking process.
“The real magic,” said Walters, “is still the pulling of the print, watching the image from the various cuts and gouges appear.”
In 2016, Walters was named as one of 10 area artists to be in the Art St. Louis Honors Exhibition.