Faculty News: Wilber Blair Exhibits at Danforth Museum

February 14, 2014

Montserrat College of Art Faculty Member Wilbur Blair has an upcoming show at Danforth Museum in Framingham entitled “Awake and Await.” The show runs from March 9 to May 18.

Members Only Reception
Saturday, March 8, 6 – 8 pm

Artist Talk
Sunday, April 13, 3 pm

Awake and Await explores the anxiety, fear and loneliness experienced by many undergoing medical treatment. Wilber Blair’s signature painting “Awake and Await” clearly recalls his repeated hospitalizations as a child, listening to the sound of a ticking clock, watching elevator doors open and close, desperately waiting for his parents to arrive. Despite their genesis in illness, these paintings employ rich and saturated colors to represent hope. A departure from Blair’s previous affinity for “awe-filled” landscapes by Bloom and Bresdin, these works “wrestle personal imagery” from imagination. Crayons and coloring book are central to “Vision 1958,” a painting that allows the painter to recapture a sensation of fantasy and escape made possible by the first artist tools he was given.
About the Artist

Wilber Blair graduated with a BFA from Boston University in 1974 and then earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1978. He has pursued many different lines of work in order to support himself as a painter, including retail at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in professional restoration of art and antiques. However, teaching painting and drawing has proved the most rewarding. He has been on the faculty at the Montserrat College of Art since 2003 and Danforth Art since 2006. Although he has exhibited widely numerous venues, this is his first solo exhibition in a museum.

For more information, please visit danforthart.org.