Estate of Jerry Walden
Biography

Jerry Walden Timeline


1941 Born, Langdale, AL, USA
1959 Graduates from Valley High School, Langdale, AL
1960 Volunteers for the US Air Force
1962 Marries Joyce Ann Davis in Shawmut, AL
1964 Enrolls in business courses at Southern Union State Community College, Langdale, AL
First child, Lori d’Gale Walden, born
1966 Transfers to Auburn University, Auburn, AL to study graphic design but changes his major to fine art
Works during his time at Auburn in the towel design division of West Point Pepperell, Fairfax Mill,
Fairfax, AL
1968 Second child, Robert Jerome Walden, Jr., born
Views the exhibition The Art of the Real USA 1948-1968 at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. The
exhibition has a profound effect on Jerry and changes his focus from expressionism to minimalism.
1968 Earns his BFA from Auburn University in December
1969 Begins graduate school at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1970 Third child, Rebecca Ann Walden, born
1971 Earns his MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA in May
Begins his first teaching position as instructor of art at Delta State College (now University) in
Cleveland, MS in August
Enters 1st Mississippi Artists Competitive Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery, Jackson, MS and wins 2nd
Prize in Painting, Curator: James Pilgrim, Associate Curator of America Painting and Sculpture, The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1972 Enters 17th Annual Mid-South Regional Competitive Exhibition, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery,
Memphis, TN, Curator: Walter Hopps, Director of the Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
1972 Solo exhibition, Jerry Walden, at the Robinson Carpenter Memorial Library, Cleveland, MS
1973 Enters 18th Annual Mid-South, Regional Competitive Exhibition, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery,
Memphis, TN, Curator: Dr. Stephen Prokopoff, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1974 Enters 7th Annual Prints, Drawings and Crafts Regional Competitive Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center,
Little Rock, AR, Juror: Wallace Mitchell, President Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Enters 1st Annual Bi-State Competitive Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS
Wins Merit Award in Painting, Louisiana Festival of Arts Regional Competitive Exhibition, Masur
Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
1975 National Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Mitchell Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Encloses carport of his family’s home as his first self-built studio, Cleveland, MS
1976 Enters 17th Dixie Annual Regional Competitive Exhibition, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts,
Montgomery, AL, Curator: Walter Hopps, Curator of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture at
the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Visiting Instructor, University of Georgia in Cortona Summer Study Program, Cortona, Italy
1977 Roadside Art Show: Ke Francis, Floyd Shaman and Jerry Walden, US Highway 45N outside Tupelo,
MS
1978 With the help of friends and students builds second studio in Cleveland, MS
The Mississippi Exhibition ’78, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Teachers Touch Invitational Group Exhibition, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Wins Merit Award in the Mississippi Museum of Art Sculpture Commission Competition that
inaugurates the establishment of the museum, Jackson, MS
1979 Solo exhibition, Jerry Walden: Prints, Drawings and Paintings, Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State
University, Stillwater, OK
1980 Begins second teaching position as assistant professor of art at the University of Southern Mississippi,
Hattiesburg, MS
1981 Wins Best in Show Award: 3rd Mississippi Artists Competitive Exhibition, C. W. Woods Art Gallery, The
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
1982 Nominated for Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Annual Award for Art
Awarded a Purchase Prize at the 9th Annual Bi-State Competitive Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art,
Meridian, MS
1983 Solo exhibition, Paintings by Jerry Walden, at the LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA (Formerly the
Chattahoochee Valley Art Association)

1983 In collaboration with other faculty from the University of Southern Mississippi established a summer
study program in Rome, Italy
1984 Work included in Images ’84 Exhibition, The Mississippi Pavilion, The Louisiana World Exposition, New
Orleans, LA
Nominated for Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Annual Award for Art
University of Southern Mississippi summer study program, Rome, Italy
1985 Wins a Merit Award in the 12th Annual Bi-State Competitive Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art,
Meridian, MS
University of Southern Mississippi summer study program, Rome, Italy
1986 Enters 20th Annual Del Mar College National Small Sculpture and Drawing Competitive Exhibition,
Corpus Christi, TX, Juror: Tom Armstrong, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,
NY
1987 14th Annual Bi-State Competitive Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS
1990 Mississippi Governor’s Mansion Revolving Art Program, The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion,
Jackson, MS
1991 Marries Allene Doty, Hattiesburg, MS
1992 Solo exhibition Jerry Walden: Recent Works at the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS
1994 Department of Art Annual Faculty Exhibition, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
Retires as Professor Emeritus from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
1995 Assumes position as Chair of the Art Department, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
1997 Solo exhibition, Works by Jerry Walden, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill Arts Council, Rock Hill, SC
Department of Art and Design Annual Faculty Exhibition, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
1999 Marries Kathy Alicia Lyon, Rock Hill, SC
2002 Art & Design Faculty Exhibition III, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
2006 Retires as Professor Emeritus from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
Survives serious battle with cancer and begins working in his studio full-time
2009 Solo exhibition, Jerry Walden, RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Walden Twice, Walden Twice: A Father and Son Show, Wright Art Center, Delta State University,
Cleveland, MS
2014 Solo exhibition, Edge Over Easy, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Art on Paper 2019: The 45th Exhibition, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2017 Solo exhibition, Seven Twice, Seven Twice, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY
2019 Dies at age 78 from injuries sustained in a fall at his studio, Rock Hill, SC