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Garry Mealor

Chair, Department of Art
Associate Professor of Art, Drawing & Watercolor
Drawing Program Coordinator
Foundations Program Coordinator
(907) 786-1736


  • M.F.A., Visual Arts, The Art Institute of Boston
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Georgia.


Garry Mealor moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1994 from Florida where he was on the faculty of the Ringling School of Art and Design, he is currently Coordinator of Foundations for UAA and is an Associate Professor. Mealor's paintings have been selected in more than 140 national and regional exhibitions in 30 states, 44 college/university galleries and 37 museum exhibitions. A short list of exhibitions include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Society of the Four Arts (FL), Neville Public Museum (WI), University of Florida (FL), Springfield Museum (MO), University of South Dakota (SD), Boston University (MA), University of North Dakota (ND), Mississippi Museum of Art (MI), Fine Arts Museum of the South (AL), University of Kentucky (KY), Maryland Federation of Art (MD), Florida State University (FL), Muchenthaler Cultural Center (CA), and the Holter Museum (MO). He is a recipient of several grants and awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and Alaska State Council on the Arts Grant. Mealor's paintings are in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska Arts Council, Florida Arts Council, Neville Public Museum, Tampa Public Arts, Council and the Florida Artist Collection. In addition to teaching at the university, he has been an instructor for the Anchorage School District’s Artist in Residency program, the Very Special Arts Alaska: Transition Through the Arts, and has conducted workshops in Alaska and Florida. Mealor received his Bachelor’s Degree in Filmmaking (ABJ) from the University of Georgia, and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree (6/07) from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Intermediate Drawing
  • Advanced Drawing
  • Beginning Watercolor
  • Intermediate Watercolor
  • Advanced Watercolor

Professional & Department Service

  • Chair, Department of Art
  • Coordinator, Foundations
  • Coordinator, Drawing and Watercolor
  • Course and Curriculum Committee
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Committee
  • McPeck Gallery Advisory Board



2018     Transparent Watercolor Society of America 42nd National Juried Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, WI
              Metro Montage XVIII National Exhibition, Marietta/Cobb Museum, GA
2017     Transitions, Hugh McPeck Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage, AK
              Art Faculty Fall Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, AK
2016     Art Faculty Spring Exhibition, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
              Art Faculty Fall Exhibition, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
              Member Artist Exhibition, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2015     Relate North: 2015 Symposium & Exhibition, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
             Fine Arts Exhibition", Agnes Scott College Gallery, Atlanta, GA
             National Showcase of Figurative Art,, Online Interactive Map
             Hugh McPeck Tribute, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2014    All Alaska Juried XXXV Exhibition, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK
             9th Biennial Art Faculty Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK
             Art of the North Exhibition, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, AK 
             Restart Exhibition,  Out North Contemporary Art House, Anchorage, AK 
             Online Fine Arts Competition, American Salon of Fine Art
2013    International Competitive Exhibit of Contemporary Watercolor, Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH



  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
  • Distinguish Teaching Award, University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni Association, Anchorage, AK
  • Visual Arts Grant, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY
  • Visual Arts Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts
  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


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