Yancey - Artist
and raised in the South Side of Chicago, IL, John Yancey received
his BFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of
Chicago in 1980. After receiving the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship
in 1991, Yancey attended Georgia Southern University where he received
his MFA. Yancey relocated to Austin in 1993 to join the faculty at The
University of Texas at Austin. He served as the Chair of the Department
of Art and Art History from 2005–2011 and holds the John D. Murchison
Regents Professorship in Art.
focuses in three main areas: paintings and drawings; community-based
mural painting; and ceramic tile mosaic public art works. He directed
his first community-based mural in 1976 and has completed numerous
public art projects and commissions since that time. His murals are
extensively featured in Walls of Heritage, Walls
of Pride: African American Murals 1850-1995,
Robin Dunitz and
Urban Art: Chicago; Olivia Gude and Jeff Huebner.
His most recent projects include permanent public artworks for the
Austin Convention Center, The Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center of
San Antonio, and the monumental history and culture art wall,
"Rhapsody" that occupies the Charles Urdy Plaza at
11th and Waller Streets as part of the restoration and revitalization
of this historic street on Austin's East Side. In addition to his
public art projects,Yancey continues
to exhibit his paintings and drawings in gallery and museum venues.
Professor Yancey has
also lectured extensively on various aspects of African American art
history at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Terra Museum of American
Art in Chicago, The Dallas Art Museum, Waterloo Museum of Art, Austin
Museum of Art, and numerous other museum venues.