Larry Walker (b. 1935 in Franklin, Georgia) grew up in New York City. Walker graduated from New York’s renowned High School of Music & Art, after which he received his BS in art education and MA in drawing and painting from Wayne State University in Detroit. He taught in the Detroit school system for 6 years; at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA for 19 years; and at Georgia State University for 17 years, during which he served as the School of Art and Design’s director for 11 years. Walker has had numerous solo exhibitions and more than 200 exhibitions to date. He was chosen as one of three recipients of MOCA GA’s 2007/2008 inaugural Working Artist Project award. As part of the award, he mounted a solo exhibition at MOCA GA entitled Surface, Spirit Voices and Other Secrets: The Wall Series in Transition. Walker also curated the exhibition Dissolving Stereotypes/Forgings New Dialogues: An Exhibition Beyond Race. Since 2009 Walker has had three solo exhibitions in Philadelphia and Atlanta and has had work included in 11 invitational exhibitions at venues in Atlanta, Oakland, Boston, and Charlotte as well as in “Tradition Redefined,” The Larry and Brenda Thompson collection, which traveled to Maryland, Jacksonville, FL and Athens, GA. Walker continues to add credits to his substantial accomplishments as an artist, visual arts supporter, juror and curator.
Used by permission. MOCA GA
Documentary film about Georgia artist, Larry Walker. Presented by The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in association with IGNI Productions, created in conjunction with the MOCA GA two-part retrospective: "Larry Walker: The Early Years" June 2 - July 31, 2018 and "Larry Walker: The Later Years" August 11 - October 27, 2018.
Produced, filmed, written and edited by Felipe Barral
Funded by the Judith Alexander Foundation
Gail O'Neill and Felipe Barral with Larry Walker at MOCA GA
Filmed during the 2nd part of MOCA GA's two-part retrospective exhibition, "Larry Walker: The Later Years" August 11 - October 27, 2018, this video is an episode of "Collective Knowledge with Gail O'Neill and Felipe Barral," produced by IGNI productions.
By Antwaun Sargent for The New York Times Style Magazine
June 9, 2016
Photo: Sascha Feldman,
courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York