Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Bowling Green State University, and has exhibited his distinctive paintings and drawings in galleries across the United States and countries throughout the world. With more than 30 solo exhibitions to his credit, Casey’s work is also part of the permanent collections of many galleries including: The California Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Library in Beverly Hills, California, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and the John Bolles Gallery in San Francisco. His work has been featured in Life, Newsweek, Art Gallery, Art Forum and other journals.

Casey is a committed fine arts educator, and served for 20 years as the Chairman of the Board of America’s largest university of art and design which is The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. At SCAD, Casey not only helped to guide the growth of the university, but was actively involved in recruiting students, encouraging them to combine their creative ability with education in the pursuit of career opportunities in fine arts. Each year, Casey would speak to art educators from around the country who would attend SCAD for an “Art Educators Forum.’ His presentation would inspire these educators to work diligently to properly train the next generation of fine arts painters, “saying that the world will always need to provide the ‘color of life.”’

Casey lectures at colleges and universities and addresses groups and organizations throughout the United States. In 1982, he participated and exchanged ideas with artists throughout the world, including representatives from behind the Iron Curtain. In 1976, Casey was selected to represent the North American Zone in the Second World Black and African Arts and Culture Festival held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Casey’s paintings continue to be acquired by a prestigious list of collectors. Although too numerous to name, a few of the collectors of Casey’s work include: Terry McMillan, Phoebe Beasley, Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones, Dr. Maya Angelou, Burt Reynolds, NBA sports legend Bill Russell, and NFL sports legend Jim Brown.

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