Syracuse University Magazine

Alumni Reflections


Following his 1959 graduation from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Hall Groat Sr. worked as an illustrator and architectural designer, but found himself ill-suited to the trappings of office life. Instead, he set out on a path to pursue his desire to be a full-time, self-employed artist. Drawing on childhood experiences from the end of the depression that introduced him to the rugged individualism and savvy marketing techniques of the business world, Groat came up with ingenious ways to introduce and sell his art. He reached out to the Central New York business community, which embraced his paintings and murals, and created a niche for his valued impressionist works. For more than half a century, he has sustained his vision of his life as an artist and his works are now found in galleries and collections around the world. He is the author of They Called Me The Brush Slinger: The Business of Art, a memoir chronicling his years in the art world that will be released later in 2011. "For an adventurous young person who wants to be free and interpret the world through the eyes of an artist, it's a life experience you will never regret," Groat writes.

To hear Hall Groat's reflection, "Homage to a Castle," click here.

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