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MFAH Announces Artist Patrick Palmer as Glassell School

Working in the Abstract, Curated by Palmer, Opens with Reception from 6-8 p.m. August 26 at the Glassell School’s Laura Lee Blanton Gallery

Houston—August 2011— The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced today the appointment of Patrick Palmer as Faculty Chair/Dean of the Glassell School of Art Studio School and Art History department. Palmer has taught at the Glassell School for nearly 20 years, and his paintings can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Denver Art Museum, among many others.

Palmer’s appointment as Faculty Chair follows the retirement of Suzanne Manns from the position. Studio and art history courses are offered for adults of varying skill levels, and cover a variety of media and art historical topics.

“Patrick Palmer has taught at the Glassell School of Art for nearly two decades,” said Glassell School of Art director Joe Havel. “His appointment as faculty chair is a testament to his expertise, hard work and dedication, and we look forward to the contributions and achievements he will bring to the school in his new role here.”

Palmer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1977 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in 1979. He has led a long career as an educator: in the 1980s, Palmer taught various visual arts courses at the City College of San Francisco and the University of California at Berkley, among other places; and throughout the 1990s he taught at Art League Houston and the University of St. Thomas, where he is adjunct professor.

He has worked at the Glassell School of Art since 1992, when he was appointed as the Department Head of Drawing, and has instructed Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Painting; Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Figure Drawing; and Drawing and Painting the Human Head. Palmer has been exhibiting work since the 1970s.

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