Clarksdale’s Artist Marshall Bouldin Receives Gold Medal Award from Portrait Society of America

Marshall Bouldin III talking about his passion for portrait painting. Photo by DELTA BOHEMIAN.

Marshall Bouldin III, recipient of Gold Medal 2012 from Portrait Society of America, talking about his passion for portrait painting. Photo by DELTA BOHEMIAN.

Philadelphia, PA – Clarksdale’s Marshall Bouldin, III will be the proud recipient of the Portrait Society of America‘s Gold Medal Award at their “The Art of the Portrait” conference currently being held in Philadelphia, PA. Go Marshall!

Almost a year ago, Poor William, aka Billy Howell, did a feature story on Marshall (Magical Madge’s cousin, her father Bouldin Marley and Marshall were first cousins) for the Clarksdale Press Register‘s annual Coahoma Living. We told you about it on the post titled: MARSHALL BOULDIN AND TROY CATCHINGS: PEERLESS ARTISTS.

If you can get your hands on the cover article by Billy Howell in Coahoma Living 2011, you will garner a keen insight into the brilliance and  tenderness of this special man, Marshall Bouldin. By the way, the issue won the “Best Special Section” award in the Press Register’s division with the Mississippi Press Association(MPA).

In the meantime, Marshall and two of his sons, Jamie and Bo, are in Philadelphia where Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Marshall will be the Honored Guest and Featured Gold Medal Recipient at the Portrait Society of America’s “The Art of the Portrait” conference.

As stated in the Portrait Society of America’s conference brochure: “Marshall Bouldin, III received a scholarship to study at the Art Institute of Chicago upon his high school graduation. While he only spent a year and a half in the program, Bouldin credits this time with his awakening as an aratist. When he wasn’t in class, he could always be found int he galleries where he spent hours observing the works of the masters.

During World War II, Bouldin worked in a Nashville aircraft factory, drawing blueprints for parts. Follwing the war, he had the opportunity to meet Norman Rockwell and was inspired to become an apprentice for well-known magazine illustrators.

He subsequently produced covers and illustrations for magazines such as Outdoor Life, American Magazine, and Collier’s, among others.

Bouldin returned to his family farm (Clarksdale) in 1950 where he eventually discovered his love of portraiture and in 1958 he sold his first commissioned portrait.

Since that time, he has created over 800 professional portraits, spending every day in his studio perfecting his craft. In a career that has spanned more than five decades, Bouldin has distinguished himself as a renowned portrait artist and true craftsman.”

We are all so very proud of you Marshall and our lives are richer because of you.

 

Marshall Bouldin III from Clarksdale receives Gold Medal from Portrait Society of America at their conference "The Art of the Portrait" in Philadelphiia, PA.

Marshall Bouldin III from Clarksdale receives Gold Medal from Portrait Society of America at their conference “The Art of the Portrait” in Philadelphiia, PA. Excerpt taken from brochure.

Cover of Coahoma Living 2011 from the Clarksdale Press Register. Photo by DELTA BOHEMIAN TROY CATCHINGS

Cover of Coahoma Living 2011 from the Clarksdale Press Register. Photo by DELTA BOHEMIAN TROY CATCHINGS


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  1. Madge – the pdfs from Billy’s Coahoma Living story are to large to email, but I have put them on USB drive for you to download and use as you wish. Stop by or call and let me know when you’re over at the DB on Delta and I’ll drop them by.

  2. Matt, I will drop by the office on my way to Yazoo Pass today! Thanks so much!

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