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Floyd Newsum

Floyd Newsum

Floyd Newsum

Professor of ArtArts and Communication


Floyd Newsum, professor of art. Professor Newsum says: I'm a native of Memphis, Tennessee. I received my undergraduate degree (BFA, 1973) from Memphis College of Art (formerly Memphis Academy of Arts) and attended Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., where I graduated in 1975 with a Master of Fine Arts. I am the coordinator of the studio sections in the Art Department of Arts and Humanities and I teach a variety of courses ranging from drawing, painting to art appreciation. My public art projects include two Houston Metro Light Rail Station art designs and seven sculptures for the Main Street Square Station on Main Street (Houston, Texas) between Dallas and McKinney. In addition, there are four paintings in the Commerce Building of UHD, a suspended sculpture for the lobby of the Acres Home Multi-Service Center, Houston, Texas and five suspended sculptures for the lobby of the Hazel Harvey Peace Building, Fort Worth, Texas. My paintings and prints are in private collections, as well as the collections of many public museums, universities, and public institutions including the University of Maryland College Park, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Xavier University, New Orleans, Philadelphia Museum of Art among others. Public catalogs, books or art journals featuring my work include: Studios and Workspaces of Black American Artists by Dennis L. Forbes, Three Decades of American Printmaking, The Brandywine Workshop Collection , Texas 150 Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Private Show, "A Juried Exhibition in Print," in The International Review of African American Art, volume 16, no. 3. I was one of ten Artists to received the 2008 Artadia Artist Grant from New York.

Degrees Earned

Master's degree: Master of Fine Arts (Tyler School of Art, 1975)

Courses Taught

ART 1310: Intro. to Visual Arts
ART 2303: Painting I
ART 2304: Painting II
ART 4390: Thematic Investigation

Experience Qualifications

Floyd Newsum has a M.F.A. in Painting with a minor in Drawing from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He also completed coursework in printmaking, photography, design and Art History. He has taught for 38 years and was awarded the UHD Scholarship/Creativity award in 2003. He has exhibited his work in more than 78 solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the US, and his work appears in prestigious permanent collections such as The Smithsonian, Washington DC, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in addition to many books and catalogues. Newsum has created five public art projects, four of which are in Houston and one in Fort Worth. His experience with a variety of painting and drawing techniques equips him to teach many studio courses. He has taught Painting (ART 2303 and 2304), Drawing (ART 1305 and 1306) and other drawing and Design courses. He also teaches ART 1310, an introduction to visual arts lecture cours