Eichold Gallery to host work by late artist Lee M. Hoffman June 5 – July 31

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 9:15am

MOBILE, Ala. – Long-time resident of Mobile and beloved art professor Lee M. Hoffman will be remembered with simultaneous retrospective exhibitions at Spring Hill College’s Eichold Gallery and the University of South Alabama’s Visual Arts Gallery. Hoffman, who died in 2010, taught at Spring Hill College for five years, 1963-68, and the University of South Alabama for 31 years, 1968-99. The opening receptions for “Lee M. Hoffman: A Retrospective” will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at both locations. The receptions are free and open to the public. The exhibitions will remain on display until the end of July.

Hoffman, dubbed “the Godfather of Art in Mobile” by some of his former students, taught and inspired a large number of Mobile area artists. He had a long, distinguished career, including a term as president of the Alabama Art League in the mid-1970s, and twice exhibited with the prestigious American Watercolor Society.

His work is included in many collections, including the Mobile Museum of Art, the State Council on the Arts and Humanities in Montgomery, and in private collections throughout South Alabama. The Little Gallery, The Upham Gallery, and most recently Gallery 54, all at the same location on Upham Street in Mobile, represented Hoffman for many years.

Hoffman painted poetic watercolors of landscapes, still lifes and urban scenes. He loved to paint on location in the Mobile Bay area and Paris, France, where he taught for five summers with the University of South Alabama’s Paris Studies program.

Although known for his watercolors, Hoffman also painted in oils, produced serigraphs, ceramics, and sculpture. His earlier works will be exhibited at Spring Hill College and his later works at The University of South Alabama. For more information, call Spring Hill College at (251) 380-3863 or South Alabama at (251) 460-6335.