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Rex C. Stewart

fine artist , research specialist , ship modelbuilder , restoration designer , woodcraftsman

Rex C. Stewart, American artist, model ship craftsman. Twenty Year Tenure exhibiting artist Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, 1985; Named Honorary Member, Ronald McDonald House Tree of Life Campaign, 1981; recipient Suksdorf Award - Schenectady Art Society, 1977: Honorary Mention Award -Albany Times Union, 1977; Best in Show Award -Albany Institute of History and Art, 1968. Established Rex Stewart Award of Excellence scholarship.

Background

Ethnicity: Father was Shinnecock Indian/West Indian descent; Mother was Irish/Cherokee Indian descent

Stewart, Rex C. was born on November 27, 1954 in Albany, New York. Son of Elmer C. and Ellen Octavia (Buchanan) Stewart.

Education

Student, Albany Institute History and Art, 1968; Student, University Albany, 1977.

Career

Freelance illustrator/artist/photographer, since 1977; professional ship model craftsman, since 1980; Artist consultant, 1978-1980; art instructor assistant summer camp Big Brothers and Sisters, 1977; public artist Summer Murals Program -The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, 1975-1976, 80; art instructor Albany Boy's Club, 1971, 80-82; independent city muralist, Albany, 1981; lecturer, presenter workshops in field; visiting artist -Albany High School, 1977; Thomas O'Brien Elementary School, 1981; Albany School Of Arts and Humanities, 1990. Appeared in television documentary "On The River" - WTZA 1990; Capital District talk show "City Close-up" WAST television, 1981. Established as premiere author-modelmaker of Hudson River, New York and New England type steamboat models, 1980 to present. Represented by Tonkin of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA; Dockyard Ship Model Gallery, Hamilton, New York and others. Commissioned to create Mayor's portrait - Albany, New York, 1980. Participated in the design of sailing ship HALF MOON II which prototype model was displayed at the New Netherland Festival -NYC,1988. Exhibited in group shows at the Empire State Black Arts Festival, Albany; Albany Institute History and Art -including its Museum Art Ball and Auction; Arnot Art Museum; KeyCorp Plaza Tower, Albany; Albany Gallery-Stuyvesant Plaza; Hastings (New York ) Historical Society; Schaefer Gallery- Mystic Seaport Museum,Connecticut; University Art Gallery, Albany. Represented in permanent collections nationally and internationally; the Albany Institute of History and Art, Hudson River Maritime Center; Nantucket Historical Association; also many corporate and private collections.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Athletics, poetry, historical research, blog-writing, social networking