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Name: Long, Bert L.
Fuller Form: Long, Bert L., Jr.

Historical Note: Bert Long Jr. was an active and prominent Houston artist, who was exhibited locally and internationally. He had a diverse career, first joining the Marines at 19 (discharged in 1965), and then becoming a chef, working his way up to Executive Sous Chef at the Las Vegas MGM Grand and owning his own restaurant in Oregon. He officially gave up cooking in 1979, and with the support of his wife Connie (whom he married in 1964) and their children, dedicated himself to making art. He found national and international success through his elaborate paintings and monumental ice sculptures. He won numerous grants, awards, and many of his work have been shown at the MFAH, CAMH, and the Metropolitan in New York. Bert had studios in Rome, Italy, and Berzocana, Spain throughout the 90s, officially returning to Houston in the late 90s after the death of Connie. He used his work to elevate his subjects, humor, materials, and the way the viewers interact with his work. He passed away from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 1st, 2013 with his partner Joan B. Batson and his children by his side.

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