Guide to the Carlos Alpha "Shiney" Moon Papers, RG 9

Listed by: Brenda Prather
Date: October 1999

Date Span:

0.5 cubic feet

Number of Boxes:
2 1/2 Letter Doc Boxes

Biographical Sketch:
Carlos Alpha Moon, of Florala, Alabama, was a prominent Alabama artist of the 1940s and 1950s. Moon was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1906, although his his family moved to Andalusia, Alabama while Carlos was a child. Moon attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1927-1928. His emergence as an artist did not occur until his introduction to the Dixie Art Colony and the tutelage of its mentor, Kelly Fitzpatrick, in 1944. Moon applied himself to the use of oils, a medium he used almost exclusively until 1946, the year of his first one-man show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. During an extended working trip to the Carolinas with Fitzpatrick, Moon changed his medium of choice to watercolor. "Shiney" further developed his watercolor technique painting in and around New Orleans, in the bayous and on the barrier islands of the Gulf. With Fitzpatrick and water colorist Genevieve Southerland as co-instructors, Moon helped found the Bayou Art Colony in Bayou la Batre, Alabama. Continuing to hone his watercolor skills, Shiny painted extensively at the coast and studied with Morris Davidson at Provincetown, Massachusetts. Moon's work was exhibited throughout the eastern United States, in numerous one-man shows, in galleries, museums and in art association competitions. His prizes and awards include: Alabama Art League, First Prize, 1947; Watercolor Society of Alabama, Second Place, 1947; Alabama Art League, Burton Award, 1950; Mobile Watercolor Society, Art Center Award, 1951; Alabama Art League, Loveman, Joseph and Loeb Purchase Prize, 1951 and Watercolor Society of Alabama, Mobile Art Center Award, 1953. Moon served as president of the Watercolor Society of Alabama and as vice-president of the Alabama Art League. Moon died in 1953.

Scope / Content:
This Record Group documents aspects of the life and career of Alabama artist Carlos Alpha "Shiney" Moon, between 1945 and 1953. Includes correspondence to Moon from other memebrs of the Alabama Gulf Coast art colony, brochures and programs on Alabama art museums and associations and two prints from a Moon linoleum or woodcut.

Item list:

Accession no.: 01-040
Box 1

Item list:

Accession no.: 97-124
Box 1

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