Jere Hardy Allen, born in Selma, Alabama, 1944, moved to Mississippi in 1972 to become a painting professor at the University of Mississippi. He has spent the last eleven years in his studio in Oxford. His family now extends to four generations in Lafayette County. Allen graduated from the Ringling School of Art and the University of Tennessee where he received his BFA and MFA degrees, respectively. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, studied on a Group Studies Abroad Fulbright Grant in Costa Rica, received the 1993 Visual Art Award of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and accepted an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Allen's art was included in the traveling exhibition Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century. Solo exhibitions include shows at Stadtsche Galerie Paderborn, Der Kunstkreis Hameln, and Oldenburger Kunstverein in Germany, as well as the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans, and Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi.