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On Extended Wings: A Thomas L. Yancey Retrospective

The works of Fayette artist Thomas L. Yancey, well known in central Missouri art circles, were featured at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist College during June and July, 2000.

Titled "On Extended Wings: A Thomas L. Yancey Retrospective," the exhibition opened June 4 and ran through July 20. A reception for the artist was held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 4, in the Gallery. During the exhibition, the Gallery was open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:40 p.m.

More than 40 works were featured in the exhibition, including acrylics, watercolors, pastels, illustrations, mixed media pieces and sculpture. The theme is "On Extended Wings" - angelic references. Yancey described the collection of his works to be shown as "eclectic according to style," and said it also covers the areas of photo-realism and impressionism.

"These are works that go clear back to the 1950s, when I was in college," Yancey said. "They represent both early things I worked on and things I've been doing over the past two years."

Yancey, professor emeritus of art and music, retired from Central Methodist College in 1995 after a 37-year-career as a teacher at the CMC. He received his bachelor's degree in music in 1954 from CMC, a master's degree in music from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1955 and undertook additional graduate studies in music at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. "I'm basically self-taught in art," although I've had some art classes," Yancey noted.

Yancey joined CMC's Swinney Conservatory of Music faculty in 1958 as a teacher of piano, organ and music theory. For many years he also taught art history, a pop art course and art education. After retiring from teaching, he served as curator of The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art and the Stephens Museum/Gallery at CMC from 1993 until 1998, when he opened a studio in downtown Fayette, where he now spends full time working as an artist.

Many of Yancey's works of art hang in area homes and businesses. His award-winning painting, "The Guardian Angel," was featured in the Spiva Art Show in Joplin. His works have also appeared in exhibitions at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Tri-State Annual Juried Art Show in Quincy, Ill., Pratt (Kansas) Community College, Columbia Art League's Whimsy Art Show and Art in the Woods in Overland Park, Kan.

Among Yancey's many awards over the years is the Curator Scholar Award, which provided an opportunity for him to participate in the Summer Art Study Program in Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungry in 1991. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society and numerous professional organizations in the field of music and historic preservation.