A Brief History of Warren Criswell
I was a loner as a kid, an only
child, the kind that grow up to be terrorists, bank robbers or
artists. I wasn't interested in terror but tried robbery, stole
a watch in the third grade but got caught and took up art. They
haven't caught me at that yet.
Warren Criswell was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1936 and has lived in Arkansas since his bus broke down there in 1978. Primarily a self-taught painter, Criswell is also a printmaker, sculptor and animator. He has had 41 solo exhibitions in the United States and one in Taiwan. His work has been included in 73 group exhibitions in New York, Atlanta, Washington DC, Arkansas, Virginia, North Carolina, Germany and Taiwan, and is represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including: The Arkansas Arts Center; the McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina; The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock, AR; the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Capital Arts Center, Taipei, China; the University of Central Arkansas; Hendrix College, Conway, AR; the Center for Arts & Science of SE Arkansas; and the Central Arkansas Library System, as well as in private many private collections, including those of actor Walton Goggins and author Bruce Bueno de Mequita, and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.
In 1996 he was awarded a fellowship
grant for painting and works on paper by the Mid-America Arts
Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2003
an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for painting and drawing
by the Arkansas Arts Council. Warren Criswell is currently represented
by Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock.
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