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The Eclectic Passions of Frank Stack

Columbia artist Frank Stack will be the featured artist in a new exhibition, "The Eclectic Passions of Frank Stack," opening Aug. 26 at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist College.

Thirty-five paintings by Stack, including watercolors and oil-on-canvas pieces, will be on display in the gallery from Aug. 26 through Oct. 4. The exhibition will also include other works of art from the gallery's permanent collection. A reception for the artist will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 31, in the gallery.

Stack, well known nationally as an artist, was born in 1937 in Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Texas, Austin. He later moved to Chicago to study painting and printmaking at The Art Institute. He received his master's degree in fine arts from the University of Wyoming and served as an art instructor with the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1963 to 1969, and returned later to continue his position as an art teacher.

He started his extended works in comics with the "Collected New Adventures of Jesus," published in 1968-69 by Rip-Off Press in San Francisco, which became his primary publisher of comics until 1988. "Jesus Meets the Academic Community," Feelgood Funnies and Amazon Comics were all published in the period of 1972-74.

After working as an artist in Paris in 1970-71, he returned to the University of Missouri where he was a faculty member until becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He served as chair of the university's Department of Art from 1981 to 1983. His "Etching and Lithograph" was published in 1977, the year that Lakeside Studio began publishing 29 of his limited edition prints. During that time, several galleries started handling his work, including Associated American Arts in New York and the Harco Gallery in Columbia. His work can now be seen on a regular basis at The legacy Gallery.

Since his retirement, Stack has traveled extensively in France, painting and making prints. His weekly painting group, which he started in 1967, still meets regularly, and does another group of painters he's associated with, the Missouri River Valley Painters, which paints out of doors as much as possible. Included in the retrospective of Stack's works in The Ashby-Hodge Gallery exhibition are paintings representing mid-Missouri, Europe, still-life pieces and a self-portrait. They represent Stack's work from 1967 to 2003.