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Professor of Art

Phone: (256) ***-****  HQ Phone
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Visual Arts Society
  • Member
    Beta Club
  • Member
    Future Teachers Association

Education

  • art
    University of Alabama
  • BFA , commercial art
  • MFA , printmaking and ceramics
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Web References
Juried by Marvin Shaw, ...
www.jerryatnip.com, 22 Jan 2012 [cached]
Juried by Marvin Shaw, Professor of Art, Jacksonville State University • 2008 "Photography at High Speed", Milliard Sheets Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, California.
Exhibitions | Jerry Atnip Photography
www.jerryatnip.com, 22 Jan 2012 [cached]
Juried by Marvin Shaw, Professor of Art, Jacksonville State University •2008 "Photography at High Speed", Milliard Sheets Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, California.
Jacksonville News - Down Art Avenue
www.jaxnews.com, 24 May 2002 [cached]
Marvin Shaw is Artworks's featured artist
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The featured artist is Marvin Shaw, who teaches printmaking and design at Jacksonville State University.Shaw also works with clay and wood.His wood assemblage, "Rising Moon," is one of the first seen on the left wall in the spacious downtown gallery.Shaw's woodcuts are mood pieces that put me in the frame of mind to enjoy the quiet of mornings, the scents of summer and other meditative moments created by an artist who experienced nature when growing up on a farm.His woodcut, "I Feel My Spirit Rise Again," is inspiring.It's about the fresh energy that flows when an artist starts on something new.
Shaw, who also creates pottery and watercolors, explains that art for him is an ongoing process.He will be the featured artist in Hammond Hall Gallery the first of next year and must have 40 pieces ready for that.
Jacksonville News - A Glimpse
www.jaxnews.com, 9 May 2002 [cached]
Marvin Shaw
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Marvin Shaw, an art professor at JSU, is both a productive artist and a teacher.He has spent a busy and fascinating career here in Jacksonville.In addition to his art work, he is a husband, father, and grandfather.Devoted to First Baptist Church, he continues to give much time to the ongoing Christian work there.
Grows up as minister's son
Born in Talladega County, Marvin is the oldest child of Dolores Monroe Shaw and the Rev. Calvin C. Shaw.
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"He has always had small country churches, and we made our living farming," says Marvin."He is retired now, and my parents live in Childersburg.
"One of my fondest memories is going to visit my grandparents, who had 11 children.Everyone who could, went for weekends.Playing with all the cousins and eating lots of good food were special treats," says Marvin.
Attends several schools
Ministers move as assigned in the Methodist church so Marvin had experience with changing schools.His first four years he went to Childersburg.Then grades five through eight were at Jonesview near Alpine.He spent grades nine and 10 at Winterboro.Here he helped first and second grade teachers with their art programs before going out to practise football.For grades 11 and 12 he returned to Childersburg, where he graduated.
Remembers teachers and activities
Teachers and extra activities are what make the years in school memorable.Marvin remembers his second grade teacher, Mrs. Nellie, fondly.
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Mrs. Dean Ingram taught math in high school, and Marvin took all the classes offered, including advanced courses.
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Marvin played defense in football.He was a class officer in grades 10, 11, and 12.He was a member of the Future Teachers Association and Beta Club.
After school and on weekends, Marvin worked at Jitney Jungle in Childersburg through high school.
Mother's artistic influence
Marvin's mother gave him her interest in art."She did pastels and portraits.She also used conte' (French chalk).I watched her.
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In the 11th grade I won several hundred dollars for contests, especially for posters," says Marvin.
University of Montevallo
In 1961 Marvin entered Alabama College, now University of Montevallo, to major in art.He was interested in painting, commercial art - drafting and design.He especially enjoyed his French and history classes.Here he also met Joyce Smyly, whom he later married.
Marvin had earned money from the cotton crop to go and was there for only one year.
Four years in Air Force
Marvin went into the Air Force where he was trained to work on B-52 bombers.He and Joyce married and were first stationed in Selina, Kan., and then Rapid City, S. D. Marvin took courses in Kansas at Black Hill State University and in Spearfish, S. D.
During his four year tour of duty, he spent time in Guam.
Finishes degree
When Marvin was discharged from the Air Force, he entered the University of Alabama where he majored in art and earned the BFA in commercial art.He remained in school and earned the MFA in printmaking and ceramics.
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During these years Marvin taught commercial art and ceramics at Stillman College.He also worked for Tom DeJarnette in the Museum of Natural History.
Marvin also worked with David DeJarnette, an archeologist, in developing Moundville.
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As already noted, Marvin and Joyce Smyly married early during his Air Force years.
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"Nine grandchildren make the holidays quite interesting," says Marvin.
Takes job at JSU
In 1971 Marvin accepted an assignment to teach art at JSU.
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In the early years until 1987, Marvin taught classes in ceramics, art history, basic design and commercial art.
Now his classes include printmaking and two and three dimensional design."Now commercial art is computerized," says Marvin.
His classload includes four courses, including one senior seminar.He teaches 50-60 students each semester.
Marvin began teaching when the art department was located in the basement of Mason Hall.
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The department has grown to include seven full time teachers - Charles Groover, head, Marvin Shaw, Gary Gee, Carter Osterbind, Karen Henricks, Diana Cadwalleder, and Steven Loucks, as well as three adjuncts - Ron Baker, Steve Fiorelli, and Betty Mills.
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Marvin was sponsor of the Art Guild for 20 years.
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Marvin also serves on the board of the Visual Arts Society.
For the academic year 1989-90 Marvin served as president of the Faculty Senate.He was advisor of the yearbook (Mimosa) for 1986-87.From 1990-95 he served as a mentor during the summers for registration.
Member of Artworks gallery
Artworks gallery is an artworks cooperative located on Noble Street in Anniston."Twenty-six or 27 members own the gallery, lease the building and show our works," says Marvin.
"I do many shows yearly, often as many as six or seven, nationally.I often attend art festivals - last week one in Marietta, Ga.," says Marvin.
With good fortune, I do several thousand pieces a year.I had excellent opportunities to visit, watch and learn from old Alabama potters.In a way I am trained in folk art and appreciate it.From them I learned to throw and glaze and combined this knowledge with learning at the university."
Works with mono-types
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If anyone wants to see what mono-prints and mono-types look like, I will be available to demonstrate and show you," says Marvin.
Works with wood
Another talent which gives Marvin pleasure is working with wood.He enjoys making assemblages from wood left over from other projects."My wife and children always have projects for me.I make chairs, tables, any kind of furnishings.
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J. wants me to make him a twig bed - quaint and rustic," says Marvin.
Favorite artists
Several well known artists are favorites of Marvin - Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh.
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I look for the dramatic effect of Adams and the pureness of color, design and shape in O'Keefe," says Marvin.
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Marvin has been a deacon for 28 years.He taught a college Sunday school class for 22 years.Last year he began teaching the Dean Class for men, ranging in age from 59-69.He cooks for many activities at the church.On the second Sunday of each month he and Tom Padgett cook breakfast for the deacons."I make 100 homemade biscuits for 24 men," he says.
For 10 years - 1980-90 - Marvin was in charge of supervising the maintenance of the physical plant.
For 31 years Marvin has sung in the church choir.
Mechanic for children
For years Marvin has been a mechanic for his children - repairing whatever needs work."I am now trying to teach my sons-in-law to be able to do repair work according to the needs of their families.The grandsons want to learn so I have promised to teach them when they are teenagers," says Marvin.
Special pleasures
Because Marvin enjoys his art work and teaching and finds fulfillment with his family and church, his hobbies and special pleasures are just like the icing on an already delicious cake.
Gardening gives him real pleasure.He loves growing perennials and plants that are natural to Alabama and Georgia.Add tomatoes to the list and you have a satisfied gardener.
For 31 years Marvin has been collecting rocks."When I have a downtime, I head for the mountains or creekbeds to look for rocks," says Marvin.
"A Baptist minister, Ben Goddard, who had cooked at the Bistro, got me interested in cooking, and I have enjoyed it ever since.I cook for small or large groups - the Kiwanians, local groups throughout Talladega County, the Birmingham Lions Club for 1,000, for example.You can't beat simple well flavored food," says Marvin.
The family has done some traveling, not counting the Air Force."We have taken trips to Highlands, N. C., Pigeon Forge, New York City, Washington, D. C., and Savannah, Ga.I really prefer the mountains," says Marvin.
Shares art
Marvin enjoys sharing his talent with people, especially schoo
Temple Arts Festival :: Congregation Ohabai Sholom :: Nashville, TN
www.templeartsfestival.com, 28 July 2011 [cached]
Juried by Marvin Shaw, Professor of Art, Jacksonville State University
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