Shreveport native, Illinois artist, and college educator Bill Scarlato graduated from Jesuit High School (now Loyola Prep) in 1969, earned his BFA in painting from Northern Arizona University, and an MFA in printmaking from Yale University.
This retrospective in the place of his roots reveals his diverse interests, mediums, and influences. From painter to printmaker, landscapes to abstraction, Scarlato explains, "Being a Shreveporter is at the very root of my romantic nature. Living and teaching in the south of England, the countryside turned me into a romantic type. I was looking at painters like Constable, Turner, John Sell Cotman, and Richard Parkes Bonington. When I returned to the States it felt like I acquired a new pair of eyes: I saw the commonplace as not so common. The prints are a fuller representation of my conceptual self, which also shows up in my paintings. I allow for this open-endedness because that's my natural turn of mind; it is also because I teach abstraction to my students. Abstraction can be taught as clearly as the mimetic tradition of realism."
Exhibition overview from museum website