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The Ecclectic World of Doug Hawkins

June 22 - August 27, 2016

R. Douglas "Dougie" Hawkins was born on April 15, 1935, in Luverne, Alabama. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1953 and enrolled in Auburn University. He edited the freshman handbook and the yearbook, the Glomerta, and graduated from the school of veterinary medicine. He moved to Troy in 1959. He purchased a veterinary clinic and practiced for 52 years.

He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Troy State University in 1980 and served for 35 years. He was a charter member of Troy Jaycees and served as president and a charter member of the Pike County Pioneer Museum board. He organized the Greek system of Troy University and chartered the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity where he served as chapter advisor for 25 years. He was a Rotarian for 52 years, served as the Pike County Chamber of Commerce President, was named Greek Man of the Year by Troy University, and served on the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors.

“Dougie” as he was known by his friends was a world traveler and  collector of fine art. Many of his collection was purchased as he traveled. Some of his fine art collection is exhibited in the main gallery of the Johnson Center for the Arts.

Dougie had a passion for art and  was an artist himself. His art is well known in the area; some of his works are displayed here in the Kirk and  Tile Galleries along with Woodie Long and Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

Dougie’s art was inspired by Woodie Long who was a self taught folk artist who created fluid images with  inspired colors on tin, plywood, masonite or paper and Jimmy Lee Sudduth, an African-American folk artist whose evocative, textured paintings made partly from Alabama mud are prized by collectors around the world.