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Ron Yrabedra

Professor of Art Education

Florida A&M University

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Florida A&M University

1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Lee Hall, Suite 100

Tallahassee, Florida,32307

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1887, Florida A&M University is among the nation's top producers of African Americans receiving bachelor's degrees. The University has received national recognition for its world-class learning environment offered within its 100 degree programs. The...more

Background Information

Employment History

Painter

Artopia


Affiliations

Yrabedra Studio

Artist and Lecturer and Professor Emeritus


Council on Culture & Arts

Member


Florida Institute for Art Education

Principal Faculty Member for Professional Development Workshops


The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science

Founding Member


Education

A.A. degree

art education


BFA Degree

painting and ceramics

University of Alabama


MA degree

painting and ceramics

University of Alabama


Ph.D.

University of Alabama


Ph.D.

art education

FSU


PhD

Art Education

Florida State University


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June 2010

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The Florida Art Education Association's 2010 Conference will feature keynote speaker Jacqueline Roch, national award-winning pastel artist, and Dr. Ron Yrabedra, artist and Professor of Art Education at Florida A & M University.


Railroad Square Art Park - Artists Directory

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Ron Yrabedra
Exhibiting paintings in acrylic & gold leaf, drawings & ceramics. This studio has been in Railroad Square since 1981 & Ron Yrabedra is retired Professor Emeritus of Art Education from Florida A&M, where he taught for 34 years.


Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) - Latest news from COCA

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My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University.


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Yrabedra's art is a reflection of life's journey
Ron Yrabedra's paintings of palm trees with gold leaf backgrounds are widely known. Ron Yrabedra's paintings of palm trees with gold leaf backgrounds are widely known. My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University. "She put a chair in front of it to block the view, but whenever company would come over she'd make them look behind the chair to show off what I drew." Yrabedra, 68, was exposed to some art throughout elementary and high school, but it was not until he got to Freed-Hardeman College in Tennessee that he took a real art class. "I signed up for tennis, but it got cancelled, so they told me I could take anything I wanted and do my PE requirement later," he remembers. "I took a drawing and painting course, and that was it from then on. I'd always been good at art but never had the opportunity to really learn about it until then." Yrabedra received his A.A. degree in art education, then transferred to the University of Alabama for his BFA in painting and his MFA in painting and ceramics. He began teaching elementary school art right after graduate school. "This was during the civil rights movement in Alabama in the '60s, and I was one of the first white teachers to go into an all-black school in Tuscaloosa County," he recalls. "It was exhilarating, really, because I was exposed to things so far outside of what I was learning at the university. The first thing, of course, was the way children make art, how they draw." In his four years teaching art in Tuscaloosa, Yrabedra says, the things he experienced affected his artwork for the rest of his life. "One of the schools had an Episcopal minister, and his congregation made quilts, and some of the quilts were taken to Macy's in New York and sold to raise money for civil rights causes," he explains. "All the women in my own family were quilt makers, and I started becoming interested in those quilts for their designs. Before that, I'd been an abstract expressionist and thought I'd go to New York and paint. But my style and my aspirations changed with the influences right around me." After teaching elementary art for four years, Yrabedra became a professor of art education at the University of Alabama. He quickly realized that he would need his doctorate in art education in order to continue down that path. He came to FSU to do his Ph.D. in 1973, and planned to return to the University of Alabama when he was done. "But here's the great part," says Yrabedra. "The head of the art department at FAMU at the time, Gerald Hooper, came to my apartment and said 'Why don't you come teach with us? If you go back to Alabama, you'll just repeat what you've done already.'Â " So Yrabedra did just that, starting at FAMU in 1974 and staying 34 years until his retirement in 2008. Yrabedra is known for painting palm trees, often with gold leaf backgrounds. "One of the oldest quilt patterns was the Tree of Life, and for the past 40 years I've been painting the palm," he explains. Since his retirement, Yrabedra says, his artwork has become even more "poetic." "By poetic I mean the colors are more subtle, a lot more tranquil," he explains. The auction will feature live entertainment and refreshments, as well as plenty of great artwork by artists such as Yrabedra, Eluster Richardson, Kenneth Falana and many others. Even in retirement, Yrabedra is determined to keep growing and improving his art. "I still study every single day, and I have piles of books I order from Amazon all the time," he says.


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Ron Yrabedra's paintings of palm trees with gold leaf backgrounds are widely known.
Yrabedra's art is a reflection of life's journey "From my earliest childhood I drew on the walls. My mother thought I was a genius," laughs Ron Yrabedra, professor emeritus of art education at Florida A&M University.


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