Burton Callicott  T'1926


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Callicotts mastered the art of marriage

From the Commercial Appeal May 20, 2001...by Debra Elliott


Artist Burton Callicott recently entered Albers Art & Design carrying a large ice chest.

He had a simple offer for gallery owner Kathy Albers.  Would she like a few of the more than a dozen stuffed eggs someone kindly dropped by his home?  He wouldn't be able to eat them alone.

Sharing stuffed eggs with the gallery owner who represented him may have appeared an insignificant gesture to some.  But it held the story of change for the noted and well-respected artist whose works were often sold within minutes of gallery openings.

Callicott was alone.

His wife Evelyne Baird Callicott died in March.  She was 91.  The two were married for 68 years.  They endured much together including the Great Depression.

The two met at Tech High School and continued their courtship long distance.  She went to work full time after high school to help her mother; he went away to attend art school. 

"A long-distance telephone call was more expensive than we could afford," Callicott said.  "We wrote through the years."

He came home for the holidays and during the summer.  He graduated in 1931 and returned home for good.  The marriage was held off for awhile.

"In those days, a fellow couldn't marry a girl until they had a job."

Callicott, 93, began his career working for his stepfather (Mike Abt - Artist and Tech Teacher) - making floats for the Cotton Carnival.  When he began working full time, year-round for the Carnival, the two got married.  He later joined the faculty of the Memphis Academy of Art.

"My dream was to teach and to teach at the college level," Callicott said.

The two had two children.  Evelyn Baird Callicott became active in the art circles, supporting her husband and the arts.

In the art circles, if the Callicotts attended an event, it was considered special.

But Evelyne Callicott's main interest was her family.  She cherished her husband, their children and grandchildren.

Burton Callicott taught many people the value of skilled art, both as a professor and an artist.  Evelyn Calicott also had something to teach us: that some art reaches beyond the studios, museums and galleries where the images hang.

It's called the art of loving.