Elemore Morgan, Jr. was internationally known as a leading landscape painter.
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 6, 1931, Elemore was influenced by his father, photographer Elemore Morgan, Sr. Photography was naturally an integral part of the younger Morgan’s work throughout his career as he documented American life, especially the Cajun and Creole musicians of Southwest Louisiana.
Morgan painted and drew throughout his life, starting as a small child, and never tired of creating his own work and of encouraging other artists. He first studied art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After serving in the Korean War, he studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford in England. After returning to Louisiana, he taught drawing at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette from 1965 until his retirement 33 years later. In addition to his Louisiana landscapes – which remarkable capture the character and soul of the South Louisiana prairie – Morgan also painted still lifes, portraits, and landscapes across the United States and abroad. Morgan’s work – praised widely and exhibited prominently – occupies an important place in the art history of Louisiana, the Deep South, and the United States.
Until his death, on May 18, 2008, Elemore Morgan, Jr. worked tirelessly to promote the arts in Louisiana, including visual and performing arts, and crafts. He continuously and positively impacted the lives of students, fellow artists and friends around him.
The Elemore Morgan, Jr. Visual Arts Endowment was created to provide support to artists and further the artistic vision exemplified by the life of Elemore Morgan, Jr.