Cleveland Morris February 21 - May 30, 2014
Cleveland Morris is an artist and teacher residing in Staunton, VA. Prior to redirecting his career to the visual arts, he had a long and distinguished career in the theatre, radio, and television. In recognition of his work as Founding Artistic Director of the Delaware Theatre Company (1978-1998), as well as his other contributions to the arts and humanities in the First State, he was awarded the Governor's Award for the Arts, the Joseph P. Del Tufo Award for the Humanities, as well as commendations from the Mayor of Wilmington, the Wilmington City Council, the Delaware State House of Representatives, the State Senate, and then-United States Senator, Joseph Biden. In 2012, he was named one of the "Fifty Most Influential Delawareans of the Last Fifty Years" by Delaware Today.
"Magnificent Jello" marked Morris's third show in the McCarthy Gallery of Holekamp Hall. "Magnificent Jello" featured oil paintings of America's iconic dessert delight. Utilizing a glowing stained-glass palette and a meticulously finished painting style, he sought to elevate Jello to the status of other revered and more traditional still-life subjects. "How lucky we were as children to be served this feast for the eyes as well as for the taste buds," he reminisced. "It's an unending source of inspiration." He has supplemented this visual dessert buffet with an assortment of cheesecake paintings.