FLORENCE---Steven F. Gately, associate professor of art at Francis Marion University, has been appointed to the C.B. and Marlene Askins Endowed Chair in Art.
Gately has been a member of he FMU faculty since 1973, and he is coordinator of the visual art program. He teaches painting, drawing and design in FMU’s Fine Arts Department.
“Not only is Steve Gately an outstanding teacher and mentor to students, but he is a recognized artist whose work has been shown nationally,” said Provost Richard Chapman. “I’m pleased that the university is recognizing his work through this appointment.”
The Askins Chair was created in 1995 by C. B. and Marlene Askins of Lake City for further development of the artistic and cultural life of the campus and the region. C.B. Askins was a member of the university’s board of visitors at the time he and his wife created the endowed chair.
The late Dennis C. Sanderson, former chairman of the Fine Arts Department, held the chair until his retirement a few years ago.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Gately earned an associate’s degree at Palm Beach Junior College in Lake Worth, Fla., a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a master of fine arts degree in painting and photography from Florida State University where is also was a graduate teaching assistant.
Over the years, his art work has won purchase prizes in numerous juried national competitions, and he has been involved in several invitational group exhibitions. His work is displayed in public collections at the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Mobile, Ala., the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, the Columbia Museum of Art, the State Art Collection of South Carolina, McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence and Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
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