Big Al Carter: A Retrospective
Kick off Black History Month with the exclusive opening of local artist Allen “Big Al” Carter’s exhibit, “Big Al Carter: A Retrospective,” at the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. with the exhibit running through March 3, 2019. This is the first D.C.-area exhibit of Carter’s work since his death in 2008.
A graduate of Wakefield High School in Arlington and the Columbus College of Art and Design, Carter was a multi-talented artist—painter, printmaker, sculptor, muralist—who drew inspiration from man’s universal problems, art history and everyday life. His works are in permanent collections at the Smithsonian and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Big Al kept a low profile and focused on teaching at Arlington public schools and learning centers during his lifetime. “I paint poor and rich people and their relationships in this society,” Carter said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in 1997. “I paint the hungry, the homeless, war veterans, children, the powerful and the powerless. I depict pain, joy, contradictions, hope and despair.”
Throughout his career, Carter held exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Anton Gallery, Alexandria Black History Museum, The Curb Center, Cameron Art Museum and Tweed Museum of Art. He created murals in Roanoke, Washington, D.C., Asheville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
This exhibit will feature rarely seen artwork from his daughters’ private collection, and several pieces will be available for sale. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.