The Oak Street Gallery will present “Gloria Ross: A Retrospective Exhibition” with opening reception to honor Ross, who will celebrate her 90th birthday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Sept. 30, at 111 N. Oak St., in Hammond.
Ross began drawing when she was about 5 years old, a news release said. At age 10, the self-taught artist created a studio in a garage and spent every afternoon there drawing the Saturday Evening Post covers, the release said.
She began taking formal art lessons in high school and entered a citywide poster contest in which she won first place. She also won the Madam Curie Medal in Chemistry that year.
Ross majored in chemistry in college and married John Ross just before she graduated. She taught chemistry to freshman students at Tulane University while working on a master’s degree in chemistry.
Ross continued to do large oil paintings for private homes. She then switched her major to art. After receiving a master’s degree in art in 1960, Ross rented a studio above the 331 Gallery on Chartres Street and taught abstraction to adult students, mostly out-of-towners, who wanted lessons in the French Quarter. She also taught a children’s class at New Orleans Museum of Art.
In 1969, the Rosses moved to Hammond, where Ross volunteered as an art teacher to children in workshops and camps. Ross taught art at the Southwood Academy when it was in the Casa de Fresa Hotel. She taught interior design at Southeastern Louisiana University, which she did for seven years.
Ross has won many awards and prizes over the years through many venues in Louisiana and Mississippi. She was a founding board member of the Hammond Regional Art Center and served 12 years there, one year as its president. For 21 years, Ross wrote an art column for the Daily Star newspaper in Hammond. She has been a member of the Hammond Art Guild since she came to Hammond.