August 4 - October 14, 2023
From Art Center Waco:
“Art Center Waco is pleased to present an exhibition of wearable art to celebrate a 30-year collaboration between Waco artist Kermit Oliver and French Fashion House, Hermès.
There will be a walk through for press on Tuesday, August 2nd at 11am. The curator and Executive Director will be present for questions.
An Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 4th from 6-8pm.
Kermit Oliver was the first American artist to create a scarf design for Hermèsin 1984 with his design, “Pani La Shar Pawnee” Over the past 30 years, Oliver has designed sixteen silk scarves. Each of his designs depicts the richness and complexity of American culture and history.
We invite you to attend this beautiful exhibit’s public opening reception on Friday, August 4th at 6 pm at Art Center Waco. Lite bites and drinks are provided.
About the artist
Kermit Oliver (b. 1943, Refugio, Texas) lives in Waco, Texas
Oliver was born in Refugio, Texas, in 1943, where he showed an early talent for drawing and painting. He attended Texas Southern University, where he studied with renowned artist John Biggers. After graduating from TSU, Oliver pursued his art career in private while working as a postal worker for 40 years.
Oliver is best known for his vibrant and intricate paintings that often portray African American and Native American culture, landscapes, and historical figures. Oliver’s work has been exhibited in major museums globally, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Culture, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Dallas Museum of History. He has also received prestigious awards for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art League Houston in 2013.
Oliver is a living legend of American art with work that inspires audiences worldwide.
“Painting is just something I do,” says Oliver.
About Art Center Waco
Art Center Waco is a nonprofit arts institution committed to enriching the lives of our community by deepening understanding and appreciation through engagement with programs, exhibitions, collections, and collaborations. Art Center Waco aims to be an innovative curator and presenter of premier exhibitions that inspire ideas and artistic endeavors while sparking conversations that are relevant to our world today.”
Reception: August 4, 2023 | 6–8 pm
701 South Eighth Street
Waco, 76706 TexasGet directions