2004 — "Breaking Light" The Creative Life of Tom Creelan
April 2 – June 11
Thomas V. Creelan was born on November 6, 1950 in Akron, Ohio. He attended elementary school and high school there, graduating with a major in Language and History in 1968. He then attended Ohio State College majoring in painting, drawing, and graphics. He graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. His post-graduate studies were also done at Ohio State University and in 1974 he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Expanded Arts and a minor in Philosophy. In September of 1974 through July of 1976, he received private instruction with C.Y. Woo in Chinese brush painting.
Special achievements during his education included National Honor Society and writing as a columnist for the school newspaper while in high school. In college, he was Editor for a campus publication, Student Representative to the Faculty, and President of the Graduate Art Student Body. He was also a recipient of an Ohio Instructional Grant Scholarship.
From July of 1974 through 1976, he was an Audio-Visual Technician at Riverside Methodist Hospital. In 1976, he and his wife, Pamela, moved to Monmouth, Oregon purchasing a farm just outside of the city. In Monmouth, he became an instructor at Oregon College of Education and remained at that job until 1978. From that point on, he became an Instructor at Chemeketa Community College and maintained that position until just before his death.
Tom, along with his career as a dedicated Instructor, was also a committed studio artist. He has shown his work throughout the Willamette Valley in both group and one-man shows. He was also an accomplished musician and played flute with a group called, “Heather Breeze.”
Special thanks to the contributers of the art work who made this exhibit possible: Eileen Cotter Howell, Webster Black, Dale Cannon, George Fitzgerald,Jane Garland, Jane Kunde , Chemeketa Community College, Kristin Kuhn, Webster Black
More information about Tom Creelan is available in the curator statements.
LOCATION: 2nd floor gallery
Curators: Hilary Russell, Dan Cannon, Dale Cannon, George Fitzgerald, Eileen Cotter Howell, Pam Creelan