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Clay Byars

Name:

Clayton McCord Byars 

Born & Raised:

Born in Ducktown, TN; mostly raised in Thomasville, GA 

Artistic Background & Education: 

My mothers side of the family painted and drew a lot. My mom paints and my great uncle was a very good painter, teacher and traveler. In 1969 he was appointed to be head of the art department at Valdosta State College, now VSU. Dad was a mining engineer and draftsman. So this is where I feel like I gained lots of early influence. As a teenager I drew and painted, then went to college for Painting and Drawing at LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA. I studied art history, art education, drawing, photography, painting and dimensional art. 

Favorite thing about the Artist Collective Thomasville:

The community of creative people. 

Why is it important for you to share our history through Project 185:

I enjoy painting as well as learning about connection to the past and present.