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Richard Cawthon

Richard Cawthon

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Artist Statement

    As both an artist and an architectural historian I have long felt a calling to draw attention to the subtle beauty and harmonious intricacy of historic architecture. In more recent years I have broadened my scope to include the appreciation of the interplay of light and shadow, texture and color expressed through still life painting and the marvelous "architecture" of the human form as expressed in figure drawing. Although my subjects and techniques are diverse, my artwork shares a common theme in my effort to perceive and communicate the orderly and harmonious complexity of my subjects.
  • Resume

    Education:
    BA, Geography, LSU Baton Rouge, 1976
    Master of Architectural History, University of Virginia, 1983
    Miscellaneous private art classes and workshops.

    Work experience:
    Architectural Historian, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS, 1983-1985.
    Chief Architectural Historian, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, MS, 1985-2006.
    Consulting Architectural Historian, 2006-present.
    Instructor in beginning observational drawing, Community Enrichment program, Millsaps College, Jackson, MS, 2016-2017.
    Instructor in beginning observational drawing, Continuing Education division, LSU Shreveport, 2017-present.

    Art Activities
    For many years, from about 1992 through its dissolution about 2007, I was a member of the Men's Art Guild of Shreveport.
    I was founding member, in 1998-99, of the Saturday Figure Drawing Group in Jackson, Mississippi, and was a regular participant until I relocated to Shreveport in 2017.
    Since Fall 2017 I have been a regular participant in a life drawing group in Shreveport and in life drawing sessions sponsored by SRAC.

    Exhibitions
    1. a joint exhibit with my father, James D. Cawthon, at First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, La., 1978 or 1979.
    2. a lobby exhibit at two concerts by the Shreveport Symphony, Civic Theater, Shreveport, La.,
    9-10 February 1980.
    3. a joint exhibit with my father at Central Library, Bossier City, La., January 1992.
    4. a joint exhibit with my father at Aulds Branch Library, Bossier City, La., March 1992.
    5. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 24 August - 22 September 1992.
    Awards: First, Second and Third Place, graphics
    6. Men’s Art Guild show at LSU-Shreveport Library, Shreveport, La., 1-30 June 1993.
    7. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., July-August 1993.
    Award: Honorable Mention, graphics
    8. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La.,
    1-31 October 1993.
    Award: Honorable Mention, graphics
    9. an exhibit of 21 of my ink drawings at the Ridgeland Public Library, Ridgeland, Miss., 21 February -
    1 April 1994.
    10. an exhibit of 9 of my ink drawings at the George W. Covington Memorial Library, Hazlehurst, Miss.,
    4 April - 4 May 1994.
    11. a show at the Carnegie Library, Jefferson, Texas, 29 April - 1 May 1994
    12. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La.,
    3-31 May 1994.
    Award: Honorable Mention, graphics
    13. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 25 July - 22 August 1994.
    Awards: Second Place, graphics and Second Place, photography
    14. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport, La.,
    3 November - 1 December 1994.
    Awards: First, Second and Third Place, graphics
    15. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La.,
    1-29 April 1995.
    Awards: First and Third Place, graphics, and Third Place, watercolor
    16. an exhibit of 5 of my drawings at the Eudora Welty Library, Jackson, Miss., 2 May - 8 June 1995.
    17. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 24 July - 21 August 1995.
    Award: Honorable Mention, graphics
    18. an exhibit of 14 of my drawings and paintings at the Lincoln County Library, Brookhaven, Miss.,
    31 July - 31 August 1995.
    19. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Central Library, Bossier City, La., 5-30 September 1995.
    Awards: First Place, graphics, and Honorable Mention, watercolor
    20. a show at First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, La., October 1995
    21. an exhibit of 9 of my ink-and-wash drawings at The Grainery, Jackson, Miss., February 1996.
    22. Men’s Art Guild show at The Glen Retirement Village, Shreveport, La., March 1996.
    23. Men’s Art Guild show at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Centenary College, March 1996.
    24. an exhibit of 10 of my ink drawings at the J. T. Biggs Memorial Library, Crystal Springs, Miss.,
    25 March - 30 April 1996.
    25. an exhibit of 9 of my ink-and-wash drawings at The Grainery, Jackson, Miss., 2 June - 21 July 1996.
    26. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 22 July - 19 August 1996.
    27. Magnolia Fine Arts Competition, Mississippi State Fair, Jackson, Miss., 2-13 October 1996
    Award: Honorable Mention, drawings
    28. Men’s Art Guild show at Live Oak Retirement Center, Shreveport, La., October 1996.
    29. an exhibit of 7 of my ink-and-wash drawings at The Grainery, Jackson, Miss., 11-22 November 1996.
    30. an exhibit of 36 of my works in various media at The Glen Retirement Village, Shreveport, La.,
    2-31 January 1997.
    31. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Magale Library, Centenary College, Shreveport, La., 2-31 January 1997.
    Awards: First and Second Place, graphics, and Third Place, watercolor
    32. an exhibit of 24 of my works in various media at First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport, La., February 1997.
    33. a reception and show of human figure art by eleven artists at Figures Unlimited Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas,
    15 February 1997. Included were 26 of my drawings.
    34. An art show and sale at “Coast Con XX” (science fiction and fantasy convention), Biloxi, Miss., where 14 of my works were on display on 21 and 22 March 1997.
    35. “Rainbow Night of Art,” an art show and auction to benefit the Rainbow Whole foods Co-op, held on 21 June 1997.
    36. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 24 June - 20 July 1997.
    Awards: Second Place and Honorable Mention, graphics
    37. an art show and auction to benefit the Rainbow Whole Foods Co-op, Jackson, Miss., on 4 September 1997.
    38. a joint exhibit with my father at Live Oak Retirement Community, Shreveport, La., in November 1997.
    39. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 1-29 June 1998.
    40. Men’s Art Guild show at Live Oak Retirement Community, Shreveport, La., in October 1998.
    41. Men’s Art Guild show at Magale Library, Centenary College, Shreveport, La., December 1998 - January 1999.
    42. Men’s Art Guild show at The Kingsley, Shreveport, La., September-October 1999.
    43. Men’s Art Guild show at Women’s Department Club, Shreveport, La., November 1999.
    44. Men’s Art Guild show at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La., March 2000.
    45. Men’s Art Guild show at Live Oak Retirement Community, Shreveport, La., in April 2000.
    46. a show of human figure art at White Tail Park, Virginia, 3-4 June 2000.
    47. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., 2-29 July 2001.
    Award: First Place, oils
    48. an exhibit of some of my works at Shreve Memorial Library, Shreveport, La., 1-31 October 2001
    49. Central Mississippi Arists Guild juried show, Roosevelt State Park, Morton, Miss.,12-14 October 2001.
    Awards: First Place in oils, Honorable Mention in oils
    50. Fifteenth Annual Peach Festival Fine Art Exhibit (juried show), Ruston, La., 6-16 June 2002.
    51. Men’s Art Guild juried show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., July 2002.
    Award: Second Place, oils
    52. Men’s Art Guild show at Central Library, Bossier City, La., August 2002.
    53. Men’s Art Guild show at Live Oak Retirement Community, Shreveport, La., in September 2002.
    54. Central Mississippi Arists Guild juried show, Roosevelt State Park, Morton, Miss., 21-22 September 2002.
    Awards: First Place in oils
    55. Magnolia Fine Arts Competition, Mississippi State Fair, Jackson, Miss., 6-17 October 2004
    56. Men’s Art Guild show at Live Oak Retirement Community, Shreveport, La., in May 2005.
    57. Men’s Art Guild show at Barnwell Center, Shreveport, La., January-February 2006.
    58. Men’s Art Guild show at Live Oak Retirement Community, Shreveport, La., March 2007.
    59. an exhibit of 19 of my works in various media at Karpeles Museum, Shreveport, La., April 2007.

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