...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.
has always had small country churches, and we made our living farming," says Marvin
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
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
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.
...Mrs. Dean Ingram taught math in high school, and Marvin took all the classes offered, including advanced courses.
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
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.
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.
...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.
As already noted, Marvin
and Joyce Smyly married early during his Air Force years.
"Nine grandchildren make the holidays quite interesting," says Marvin
Takes job at JSU In 1971 Marvin accepted an assignment to teach art at JSU.
In the early years until 1987, Marvin
taught classes in ceramics, art history, basic design and commercial art.
classes include printmaking and two and three dimensional design."Now commercial art is computerized," says Marvin
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.
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.
was sponsor of the Art Guild
for 20 years.
...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
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.
J. wants me to make him a twig bed - quaint and rustic," says Marvin
Several well known artists are favorites of Marvin
- Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh.
I look for the dramatic effect of Adams and the pureness of color, design and shape in O'Keefe," says 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
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
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