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Michael Ray Charles, Roy and Lillie Franz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting
BFA, Advertising Design, McNeese State University
MFA in painting, University of Houston

Michael Ray Charles, one of the nation’s most prominent contemporary artists, returns to his alma mater as a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting. His work is regularly shown in major venues in the United States and abroad, including the first major retrospective of his work at the Blaffer Gallery (University of Houston) in 1997. In 2001, Charles was part of the first group of artists to participate in the PBS series titled Art21. Charles was a consultant on the making of the Spike Lee film Bamboozled (2000). The artist was listed as one of the top future African American scholars under the age of 40 in Black Issues in Higher Education in 2003, and has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rachel Hecker, Associate Professor
BFA in sculpture, Moore College of Art
MFA in painting, Rhode Island School of Design

Rachel Hecker has received extensive critical attention and has exhibited widely, including one-person exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Art Pace, San Antonio. Her work is represented in many public collections including of the Dallas Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has completed public commissions for the Federal Reserve Bank and The General Services Administration, and her work for civic arts projects earned her an American Institute of Architects Artist Award. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Painting, and a 2006 Artadia Artist Award.

Fine Arts Building, Room 404B
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Aaron Parazette, Professor
BA, University of South Florida

MFA, Claremont Graduate School

Associate Professor Parazette came to Houston in 1990 as a Core Fellow of the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1994 he was awarded a Mid-American Arts Alliance, NEA Fellowship, and in 2005 he received an Artadia Prize. Reviews of his work have appeared in ArtPapers, Art in America, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New Art Examiner, and the New York Times.

Parazette has had solo exhibitions at the Texas Gallery, Houston; Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles; Angstrom Gallery, Dallas; and Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio. His work has been included in numerous group shows including The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago; The Loggia Gallery, Toronto; Hall Walls, Buffalo, NY; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. In 2001 Parazette was in a two person show with Ken Price at the Austin Museum of Art, and in group exhibitions at the Eun Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, and Exit Art, New York. In 2002 he exhibited site-specific wall murals as part of a two person show with Sharon Engelstein at the Contemporary Arts Museum of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Parazette had a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston in 2004. In 2005 he did a solo exhibition at the Suburban in Chicago, and a Project Space at the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. In 2006 he had solo exhibitions at Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, and Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Fine Arts Building, Room 404B
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Gael Stack, Professor
BFA, University of Illinois
MFA, Southern Illinois University

Gael Stack has received numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Awards and a Tiffany Foundation Grant. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with attending critical attention. Select solo exhibitions include the Muse e de Niort, Niort France; Musee de l’Echevinage, Saintes, France; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Blaffer Museum, Houston; The Galveston Art Center, the Amarillo Art Center; and the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois.

Group exhibitions include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (Exxon series and Selections from the Exxon Series), the Dallas Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum, the Blanton Museum, Austin, Texas, Yale University Art Gallery, the Menil Collection, Stedman/Hubbard Gallery, Paris, France, the Krannert Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston, the Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas, Amarillo Art Center, Janie C. Lee Master drawings, New York, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Tamarind Institute.

Selected books and catalogues include Gael Stack, published by University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas, (introduction by Rackstraw Downes and essays by Rafael Rubenstein and Alison de Lima Greene) 2011; More is More: Maximalist Tendencies in Recent American Painting, Florida State University, (catalogue for the exhibition), 2007; Texas 100: Selections from the El Paso Museum of Art (catalogue for exhibition) 2006; American Art Since 1900, Blanton Museum of Art, 2006; Perspectives @25: A Quarter Century of New Art in Houston 2004; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (catalogue for the exhibition) 2004; 20th and 21st Century Art from the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 2003; Creative Legacy: A History of the National Endowment of the Arts, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York 2000; Texas Draws, Contemporary Arts Museum catalogue l999; Gael Stack introduction by Maarten van de Guchte and essay by Buzz Spector (catalogue for the exhibition) 1998; Texas: 150 Selections from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, (curated by Alison de Lima Greene) 2000; Gael Stack: A Survey 1974–1989, Dallas Museum of Art, Finders Keepers, The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, essays by Marti Mayo, Bruce Webb and Richard Howard (catalogue for the exhibition) 1997; Three Visions, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1996; Texas Modern and Post Modern (selections from the permanent collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Texas) l996; The State of the State: Contemporary Art in Texas (from the permanent collection), San Antonio Museum of Art l995; Recent Acquisitions, Yale University Art Gallery, l993.

Fine Arts Building, Room 404B