Contemporary Art of Lawrence A Walker

The Artist

Larry A. Walker

Upon graduation from Kent State University in 1956, with a degree in Graphic Design, Larry went to work for the Akron Beacon Journal doing advertising layout and illustration. After 11 years at the Beacon Journal he took a position with The J.P. Penney Company Co, as District Advertising Manager and Art Director. After only 18 months with the Penney Company, he decided to get out of the "rat race" and be able to work more in the Fine Arts. He returned to Kent State to begin working on a degree in Art Education.

In September of 1968 he took a position as a teacher at St. Joseph's School in Cuyahoga Falls and then in 1969 he moved to Cuyahoga Falls High School as an Art Teacher. He received his BS in Art Education in 1973. While teaching at Cuyahoga Falls he entered Kent State Graduate School and in 1976 received his Master of Fine Arts. While in Grad School he was twice awarded the Blossom Kent Art Scholarship.

In 1980 Larry left Cuyahoga Falls High School to venture into business as a full partner and VP at Team 4 & Company in Cuyahoga Falls; a full design firm. He was in charge of Graphic Design and Interior Design. However, after six years he again decided he wanted to work in the fine arts. In 1986 he took a position as an Art Teacher at Central Hower High School in Akron and remained there until retirement in 1999.

From 1975 until 1986 while teaching and working days Larry carried a full time load teaching at the University of Akron in late afternoons and nights.

Larry has had many show affiliations: Cleveland Museum of Art May Show; honorable mention, Canton Art Museum All Ohio Show; honorable mention, Butler Show, Massillon Art Museum, Mansfield Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum Bicentennial Show; Ohio Designer Craftsmen Annuals, Kent State Alumni Invitationals, Boston Mills Invitationals, Bay Crafter's Annual; best of show, Stan Hywet Annuals, Lakeland Community College May Show, Akron Society of Artists Annual Membership Shows, Akron area Arts Alliance Shows, Artists of Rubber City.

He has had several one man shows at; Mansfield Museum of Art, Massillon Art Museum, Case Western Reserve Mather Gallery, Taylor Memorial Library in Cuyahoga Falls, North Canton Public Library, The former unicorn Gallery in Cuyahoga Falls, Kent State University Master's Thesis and most recently The Artists of Rubber City Box Gallery, Don Drumm Gallery, Akron Society of Artists Gallery, The Hazel Tree, Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairlawn and The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in Hudson.

He was commissioned to do the art for Akron's 2015 First Night Akron New Years Eve celebration and he is currently serving as President of The Akron Society of Artists and is a member of Group 10 Gallery in Kent, Ohio. A cooperative gallery owned and operated by the artists.