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Murry Norman DePillars, American art education educator. Recipient Special Arts award Branches for the Arts, 1980, Art Education award, 1980, Man of Excellence plaque Ministry Education Republic of China, 1980, Excellence in Education, Preservation and Promotion of Jass award Richmond Jazz Society, 1981, First Oscar award Metro-Leadership, Richmond, 1990.


DePillars, Murry Norman was born on December 21, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of George DePillars and Mary (Braxton) Taylor.


Associate of Arts in Fine Arts, Kennedy-King Community College, Chicago, 1966. Bachelor in Art Education, Roosevelt University, 1968. Master of Arts in Urban Studies, Roosevelt University, 1970.

Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education, Pennsylvania State University, 1976.


Assistant director educational assistance program, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1968-1971; assistant dean School Arts, Virginia Commonwealth U., Richmond, 1971-1976; dean School Arts, Virginia Commonwealth U., Richmond, since 1976. Consultant Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina., 1987. Academic specialist U. Science.Malaysia, Penang, 1985.

With language research center Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1970. Consultant National Endowment for Humanities, 1982-1984, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and theAnnenberg School of Communications, Washington, 1983, Language Research Center, art department chairman Spelman College, Atlanta, 1990, others.


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    • Exhibited in group shows at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 1970, World Exposition, 1970, Spokane, Washington, 1974, Huntsville (Alabama) Museum of Art, 1979, Studio Museum Harlem, New York City, 1986, Mississippi Museum Art, Jackson, 1980, The Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Art, Boston, 1986, Alfred and David Smart Galleries University Chicago, 1987, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, 1988, Howard University's Gallery and Blackburn Center, 1989, Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1990, Nexus Gallery and Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, 1990. Represented in permanent collections at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Pennsylvania State University, Institute of Positive Education, Chicago, Consolidated Bank, Richmond, Third World Press, Chicago, Kuumba Theatre Workship, Chicago, and private collections of Lerone Bennett Junior, Gwendolyn Brooks, Haki Madhubuti, others. Contributor articles to artistic publications.


Member state review committee Commonwealth Virginia Governor's School of the Gifted, 1972-1973. Member special advisory committee higher education budget Governor Commonwealth Virginia, 1983-1986. Amenities committee member Downtown Advisory Group for the City of Richmond, 1983-1984, downtown marketing advisory committee, executive committee, 1988-1989.

Coordination committee chairman Richmond Jazz Festival, 1984-1987. Member arts advisory task force United States Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, 1990. Member art and architectural review board Commonwealth Virginia, since 1986.

Board directors Richmond Children's Museum, 1977-1979, Atlantic Rural Exposition Inc., since 1988, Boys' Club of Richmond, 1977-1980, Arts Council of Richmond, president, chairman, 1982-1984. Member National Association Schools Art and Design (board directors since 1989), National Conference Artists (president 1972-1974, 75-77, board directors, since 1977, Elizabeth Catlett Mora Excellence award 1978), College Arts Association (board directors since 1989), Afri-Cobra, International Council Fine Arts Deans, Center Intercollegiate Athletic Association (basketball tournament planning committee, 1985-1986, 90—).


Married Mary Lee DePillars. 1 child, Stephen.

George DePillars Taylor

Mary (Braxton) Taylor

Mary Lee DePillars;1 child

Stephen DePillars