Remembering - "Big" Al Carter - Artist

Every morning when I pick up the Washington Post I turn to the obituaries first. And sometimes, like today, I wish I hadn't.

I had not heard that Big Al Carter died in December until I read the article this morning.

April 24 to May 17, 2008 Al had an exhibition at Tweed Museum at the Univ. of MN. This is a quote from the catalog:
Big Al Carter’s paintings are larger than life in size and power and scope – an equal to the artist’s personality and to his reputation as a painter’s painter and to his career as a distinguished teacher and mentor to young artists.

Howdy Doody - from that show.

Al Carter loved to paint. He lived to make art. And when he was in the classroom he transferred that sense of commitment to his students and he inspired them to do exciting work.

When I was President of the Maryland College of Art and Design, a small local art college, I called Al and asked if he would teach a painting class at the college. Our students had heart but they needed inspiration. He came. The students loved him and he set the challenges they needed.

Al was big - 6"3" over 350 lbs. He was a giant of a man with a talent that matched his size.

Meet Al in the classroom through this article by Mary Battiata from the Washinton Post.

He will be remembered and he will be missed.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this memorial to Big Al. He was a great artist and powerful teacher.

I met Big Al in the late 90's when he exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. He worked with inner city kids from the public house communities to create a mural in downtown Winston Salem, NC. He inspired, delighted and captivated our community with his spirit, conviction and his belief in the power of creativity to change lives. That is what he did through his art and in his teaching.

Jennifer McInnes Coolidge
Museum of Florida Art

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I dont quite understand the latest comment. My remarks about "Big" Al had nothing to do with a paid review. I speak of him as an admiring friend and artist colleague. Ellouise Schoettler