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Artist Dennis Yates Returns to Alma Mater for Homecoming Exhibit

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 22, 2008) – UCM alumnus and artist Dennis T. Yates will return to his alma mater during UCM’s 2008 Homecoming Weekend to host an exhibit of his works. He will be available to renew acquaintances and discuss his work in Elliott Union 219 from 10 a.m.-8p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Dennis Yates
Dennis T. Yates

Proceeds Benefit UCM Foundation

Yates also will be accepting commissions and offering original and limited edition pieces for sale during the Homecoming exhibit, donating a portion of the proceeds to the UCM Foundation.

Part of UCM Athletics History

As a football player for Raytown High School, Yates was offered a scholarship to play football at Northern Arizona University. In the summer of 1968, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper, photographer and journalist for the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon his discharge he enrolled at UCM, where he played football for Coach Howard Mahanes as a middle linebacker on the history-making UCM Mules team that topped off a successful season with a trip to the Pecan Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

From Educator to Artist

Yates completed his degree in art and physical education at UCM and went on to teach art and coach football at Raytown Junior High School. Before long, however, he made the decision to turn to his passion for art. In 1973 he returned to his family's roots in the Ozarks to pursue a lifelong career as an accomplished artist.

“It has been quite some time since my last major exhibit at UCM, so I am looking forward to being back and sharing my artwork with alumni, students, faculty and friends,” Yates said.