Kermit Oliver is Crowned

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Catherine D. Anspon  |  Photos by Kermit Oliver’s Orpheus, 1997, at Art League Houston
December 04, 2013

In keeping with the momentous nature of its 65th anniversary, Art League Houston bestowed its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on Texas realist painter, Kermit Oliver. A TSU grad who’s represented by Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Oliver studied with the mythic Dr. John Biggers and was given a handsome retrospective at the MFAH in 2005; yet Oliver never forsook his day job at the post office in Waco despite international renown, including designing scarves for the house of Hermès. (He’s the only American artist to do so.) Catch Oliver’s canvases imbued with beauty and allegory at Art League, along with Texas Artist of the Year Rachel Hecker’s paradise of pop sculpture and paintings (through November 15).