Dean Mitchell: Space, People & Places

November 26, 2010 - March 6, 2011

Quincy's Wilson House

Award-winning artist, Dean Mitchell, captures the spirit and essence of African-American life, finding inspiration in his immediate community -- the time-worn faces of family members and the people and streets of his southern upbringing. Mitchell was raised by his grandmother in the small town of Quincy, Florida – subjects featured in many of his works. Space, People & Places, will feature 40 recent watercolors.

“My work is not about color; it’s about life. Once you get to know your subjects, you can develop a love that comes through in your work. In the end, you hope you can do something that will help people come together. Emotions are universal, no matter what color the skin.” – Dean Mitchell

The exhibit opening will be celebrated with an Opening Gala and Jazz Event, on December 4, 2010, attended by the artist. Related events and outreach activities are being planned for February 2011, when Mitchell returns for a series of visits to speak with high school students in Canton, Alliance and Massillon.

Read an article about the exhibit in November's AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR.
Read about special programming on Western Reserve PBS 45/45

The Dean Mitchell Project is sponsored by:

The Hoover Foundation

Marie Hoover Memorial Gift
Judith E. Lancaster

The Timken Company
Affinity Medical Center
George W. Lemon

And the media support of Western Reserve PBS

And through the efforts and support of the Dean Mitchell Project Committee:
Judith E. Lancaster, George W. Lemon, Jacqueline Holmes, Nadine McIlwain-Massey, E. Brock Herring, Lynda Tuttle-Swintosky, Marva L. Dodson, Traci Dunn, Ron Young, Gerry Radcliffe, Katherine L. Baylock, Keith McGuire, Michael Lemon, Gloria Pope, Hortense Bobbitt

Artist Bio:
Dean L. Mitchell was born 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and reared in Quincy, Florida. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other mediums, including egg temperas, oils and pastels.

Mitchell has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, American Artist, Artist Magazine, Fine Art International and Art News. His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Beach Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri and the Library of Congress. He has received the American Watercolor Society Gold Medal, Allied Artist of American Gold Medal in Watercolor and Oil, Thomas Moran Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York, Remington Professional League, and for three years in a row the Best in Show Award from the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Competition. In 2004 and 2007, he received the Autry National Center Award for Watercolor at the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and sale. Mitchell is a member of several professional societies, including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

Dean L. Mitchell is represented by Astoria Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming, Bryant Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana, Hearne Fine Art in Little Rock, Arkansas, J. Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, California, and Morris & Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.