Description: BOB THOMPSON, (1937-1966) - In 1957, the same year that Federal troops were called in to escort black students in Little Rock, Bob Thompson, an African American artist, was granted an Allen R. Hite Art Scholarship to study at the University of Louisville. In 1959 he left Louisville for New York where he quickly and steadily gained success. In his brief life, Thompson produced well over 1,000 works, many of them monumental in scale and ambition. Although Thompson has been the subject of many exhibitions across the country, including a major retrospective at the Whitney in 1998, he is still not well-known in his hometown of Louisville. Seeking Bob Thompson will reintroduce the city of Louisville to one of its brightest talents.
This exhibition is presented as part of the University of Louisville Fine Arts Department 75th Anniversary Celebration.
Description: Bill Fischer is a life-long artist, having started painting in the late 1950’s and continuing on to as recently as 2011. The Hite Art Institute wish to recognize his accomplishments
as an artist and his contributions to young artists at the University of Louisville with a dedication ceremony and reception in his honor.
Bill Fischer has endowed the Bill Fischer Senior Project Grants which helps one student in 2-D studios and one student in 3-D studio each semester mount their Senior Exhibition based on their presentations during BFA reviews.
In addition, he has underwriten the department’s studio spaces at Our Mother of Sorrows, now referred to as the “The Bill Fischer Studios.”