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educator , painter

James Maxwell Couper, American painter, educator. Hand Hollow Foundation fellow, 1982; State of Florida Individual Artists' grantee, 1983, Florida International University grantee, 1983, Yaddo fellow, 1987, Hambridge fellow, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003.


Couper, James Maxwell was born on November 21, 1937 in Atlanta. Son of J. Maxwell and Frances (Ellis) Couper.


Bachelor of Arts in English, Georgia State University, 1959. Bachelor of Arts in Art, Georgia State University, 1961. Master of Arts in Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1963.


Instructor University Miami, Florida, 1963-1964, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, 1964-1967. Artist-in-residence Miami Art Center, 1967-1969. Professor Florida International University, Miami, since 1972, chair department, 1976—1977, founding director Art Museum, 1977—1980, founding director graduate program, 1998.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitor numerous solo and group national and regional exhbns. Founding director Florida International University Art Museum, 1977-1980, Graduate Program Florida International University, 1997-2000.


Married Carol Elaine Whitelaw, April 1, 1960 (divorced 1972). Children: Sarah K., J. Maxwell.

J. Maxwell Couper

Frances (Ellis) Couper

Carol Elaine Whitelaw

Sarah K. Couper

J. Maxwell Couper