Gene Arthur Allcott grew up in Chapel Hill, NC where his mother was a guidance counselor and his father was chairman of the University of North Carolina’s Art Department. Born prematurely and weighing only 2 pounds and 14 ounces, a complication due to the high oxygen content in his incubator, was likely the cause of his visual impairment. Gene was legally blind and wore thick glasses, but that never curbed his voracious appetite for creating art. He drew on paper, canvas and scraps of lumber — whatever was handy.
After attending the California Institute of the Arts for one year (1972 - 1973), Gene moved to Atlanta where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Atlanta College of Art, in 1977. Gene made Atlanta his home and established himself as professional artist. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, and his career included commissioned works for office buildings, restaurants and private collections. In addition to painting in acrylics on canvas, he produced drawings, prints, wooden cutouts, mixed media works, and often mass-produced items such as t-shirts and greeting cards for friends.
Following his accidental death in 1992 at age 38, Gene’s family established a memorial scholarship at ACA for Gene. The Gene Arthur Allcott Endowed Scholarship is now administered by SCAD.
Established in memory of Atlanta College of Art alumnus, the Gene Arthur Allcott Endowed Scholarship distributes scholarship awards annually to undergraduate students at SCAD Atlanta who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in fine arts. Award preference is given to painting students, or to students working in cross-disciplinary fields that include the use of painting. Scholarships are available and awarded to a minimum of one student at every class level: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior each year.
A portion of the endowed scholarship fund provides the opportunity for SCAD Atlanta students chosen by the Fine Arts faculty to immerse themselves in an experiential whirlwind tour of New York City galleries and museums during the spring of their junior year. The stipend covers airfare, transfer, hotel accommodations, museum passes, and mass transit for the group over a long weekend.
In addition to the scholarship and immersion into the New York gallery and art scene, the endowed scholarship fund provides for a celebratory event where ‘Friends of Gene’ come together to celebrate art, promote the Gene Arthur Allcott Endowed Scholarship and honor the memory of Gene Allcott. The ‘Friends of Gene’ consist of an elite circle of scholarship winners, donors, Allcott family members, New York City trip participants, and friends — old and new — who have been touched by the legacy of the charismatic and much-beloved painter.
Some artists relate to the world around them as “moments in time” encapsulated in paintings and drawings interpreted through the lens of their individual artistic visions. Others relate to their artistic visions as a means to create a world in which there are “no moments in time” but, instead, there are only perceived interpretations of reality. In either case, at best one is left only with an impression,a perception and an artist’s expression.
Gene Arthur Allcott was not just an artist. He was an embodiment of art. Gene’s triptych, The Redeeming of Life, Stages of Man I, II and III is, at once, a masterful and magical combination of color, composition, and storytelling. It is Gene Arthur Allcott’s signature statement about his unselfish love and passion for people and life.
Gazing into Gene’s triptych, The Redeeming of Life, Stages of Man I, II and III one does not merely encounter an “extension of the artist” — rather, one encounters Gene Arthur Allcott himself! — Brenda de la Cruz
Art Historian, and an artist herself, Brenda de la Cruz is the art consultant who researched, authenticated, and donated the Gene Arthur Allcott triptych to SCAD on behalf of Peachtree Capital, Inc. Ms. de la Cruz may be contacted via email@example.com.
Dania Andrea Gonzalez
Gabriella Vinessa Wyke
Kenedee A. Hodges
Maria F Mujica Cervera
Alexa Isabel Pineda
Minor Motion Media Design
Salinas Emily Aragon
The exhibition is comprised of an elite circle of Gene Arthur Allcott endowed scholarship winners, donors, Allcott family members and past participants of the annual New York City Study Trip, which is made possible through scholarship funding.
Caroline WallisB.F.A. painting
Hannah Pasedag(Photography Alumnus)
Carter FlachbarthB.F.A. painting
Would you like to receive information on the Gene Arthur Allcott Endowed Scholarship and Friends of Gene Exhibition? Please contact Matthew Rosenfeld, SCAD Assistant to Associate Dean of Academics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.