Professor Blake Morgan recognized in Miami University’s Young Painters Competition

Professor Blake Morgan recognized in Miami University’s Young Painters Competition


Blake Morgan, assistant professor of art at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, has been chosen as the recipient of the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for the 2017 Young Painters Competition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His painting “Chickasha Alley” was selected for a $10,000 prize and will become part of Miami University’s permanent collection.

The award was announced Jan. 27 at a ceremony in the university’s Hiestand Gallery. Morgan will also be featured in a solo exhibition in the Hiestand Gallery coinciding with next year’s competition.

Morgan studied art at East Central University in Ada, Okla. before earning his MFA in painting from the University of South Carolina in 2007. After graduating, he worked at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy and the University of South Carolina, before joining the USAO faculty in 2013. Currently, he teaches courses in studio drawing as well as oil and watercolor painting. His own artistic work focuses primarily on narrative figure painting and observational landscapes, and has been featured in numerous exhibits both nationally and internationally.

Thanks to a generous gift from William and Dorothy Yeck of Dayton, Ohio, Miami University holds a national competition each year, providing students and the community at large with a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary art. Beginning in 1999, the Young Painters Competition features artists aged 25 – 35 who demonstrate excellence in their chosen medium. The juror, chosen from nationally-recognized painters, museum directors, curators and art professionals, selects 10 finalists. Alternating between representational and non-representational painting, this competition allows Miami University to play a prominent role in rewarding and inspiring the creativity of talented young artists.

Jed Perl served as juror for the 2017 competition. Perl has worked as an art critic for Vogue and The New Republic and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. The Atlantic observed that he “may be the finest American critic at work today in any field” and poet John Ashbery has said that he is “an almost solitary, essential voice.” Perl’s books include “Antoine's Alphabet”, “Paris Without End”, “New Art City”, and his most recent collection of essays, “Magicians and Charlatans”. He is currently working on the first full-length biography of the sculptor Alexander Calder, to be published by Knopf.