Joe Sartor: Morehead Mind Games
Sartor was born in 1939 and raised in Fulton, Missouri, a small town located some 100 miles west of St. Louis. In 1962, he received his bachelor’s degree in Art from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. He enlisted in the Army after graduation and was stationed in Germany until he completed his service in 1965. He earned his M.A. in Art from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1968. Afterwards, Sartor accepted a teaching position at Morehead State University, where he taught studio art until his retirement in 2000. He still lives in Morehead with his wife Nancy, and he is still painting actively. Since 2005, he has kept a studio at The Rowan County Art Center in the county’s historic courthouse building on Main Street.
As a professor and working artist, Joe Sartor has painted hundreds of works during his career, and this exhibition should by no means be considered a retrospective. However, it does represent well the artist’s incisiveness, creative vision, and technical skill. The four dozen works included in this show were painted between 1999 and the present day. Residents or regular visitors to Morehead and Rowan County are likely to recognize many of the places and landscapes that are depicted. And, all viewers will be left to decipher the amused and often amusing messages in these paintings.