"Breaking Light"
The Creative Life of
Tom Creelan

April 2 - June 11, 2004


Tom Creelan Exhibit

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.

Creelan ArtSpecial 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. Creelan Art2

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.”

Creelan Art 3 Creelan Art 4

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 , ChemeketaCommunity College, Kristin Kuhn, Webster Black.

More information about Tom Creelan is available in the curator statements.

Mildred's Window
Mildred’s Window
prismacolor, 1991
Stained Glass
Stained Glass
pre-1984
Spring Field I
Spring Field I
prismacolor, 1994
Boys
Boys
prismacolor, 1986

Shadowed Earth
Shadowed Earth
prismacolor, 2002

Mildred's Shellbox
Mildred’s Shellbox
graphite, 1985
From the collection of Jane Garland

Open Crate
Open Crate
prismacolor, 1985 From the collection of DaleCannon

Book of Life
Book of Life
prismacolor, 2000
From the Collection of Eileen Cotter Howell

Moth in Flight
Moth in Flight
graphite, prismacolor,1985
From the collection of Kristin Kuhns
Setting Light
Setting Light
prismacolor, 1993
From the collection of Webster Black
Awakening
Awakening
prismacolor, conte crayon
From the collection of Chemeketa
Community College
Communion
Communion
prismacolor, 1999
Morning Light (Cylamens)
Morning Light (Cylamens)
prismacolor, 1996
From the collection of Jane Kundel
Flood Light
Flood Light
graphite
1985
Breaking Light
Breaking Light
prismacolor, 2002
Sunstar
Sunstar
prismacolor, 1987

Anthurium
Anthurium
prismacolor,1990

The Clearing
The Clearing
prismacolor, 1998
From the collection of George Fitzgerald

Stargazer
Stargazer
prismacolor, 1995

Sixteenth Summer
Sixteenth Summer
prismacolor, 1996
Crate in the Sun
Crate in the Sun
graphite, prismacolor 1985

 

LOCATION: 2nd floor gallery
Curators:
Hilary Russell, Dan Cannon, Dale Cannon, George Fitzgerald, Eileen Cotter Howell, Pam Creelan


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