Frank Stack

Title: Painter, Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Missouri
Location: Columbia, Missouri, United States

Frank Stack, Painter and Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in painting and art education.

Supported by more than 40 years of practiced industry experience, Mr. Stack is a prominent artist and art educator who most recently served as a Catherine P. Middlebush professor of humanities at the University of Missouri from 1995 until attaining emeritus status in 2000. Prior to this illustrious role, he served as a professor of art at the university from 1969 to 1995 and instructor from 1963 to 1969. During this time, he was also chairman of the department of art at the university between 1981 and 1983. He commenced his career as an associate art editor at the Houston Chronicle between 1959 and 1960.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Stack was a member of the executive board of the Art and Archaeology Museum with the University of Missouri, having previously acted as a visiting artist for the West Virginia Arts Council at Shepherd University. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the regional advisory board of the Missouri Arts Council and of the personnel committee with the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri. Likewise, he also briefly served on the museum review board at the university in 1989.

During his tenure, Mr. Stack has been a prolific artist and cartoonist, having painted and drawn multiple works related to his areas of expertise. From 1977 to 1979, he hosted a traveling exhibit entitled “Watercolors by Frank Stack.” Currently, he remains an editor of Alley Oop Magazine, a contributing writer for The Comics Journal, and an advisory board member of the Journal of Cartoon and Comic Art. Maintaining affiliation with the Kansas Watercolor Society, he also sat on the advisory board of the Columbia Art League from 1978 to 1982.

In light of his exceptional accomplishments in both art and education, Mr. Stack has garnered multiple accolades. Most recently, he won First Place in a local show about Columbia, MO, in 2018, having also received an award from the Missouri Watercolor Society 15 years earlier in 2003. In addition, he was the recipient of multiple research grants from the University of Missouri between 1969 and 1998, as well as two awards from the Kansas Watercolor Society in 1992 and 1996. In 1995, he further won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Story and the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Novel, having previously been honored as Artist of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council in 1986.

Married to Mildred Roberta Powell since 1959, Mr. Stack is the proud father of two children and six grandchildren. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts from the University of Wyoming. He also completed postgraduate work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and served in the United States Army in the 1960s. He enjoys historical research, collecting master prints and reading 1930s and 1940s newspaper comics in his spare time.

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