Harry Ahysen Murals
Harry J. Ahysen was born September 6, 1928 in Port Arthur, TX. He lived most of his life in Texas before moving to Washington Court House in 1986. He was a graduate of the University of Houston and received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas. He retired in 1994 as a full professor after teaching 31 years in the art department at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, and holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus, the first ever bestowed by the University on a professor of Art. Following his retirement, he taught at Southern State Community College in 1994-95.
The 67th Legislature of Texas named Mr. Ahysen State Artist of Texas in 1980 and 1981, and he is one of ten official Coast Guard artists. Seven of his works are a part of the Coast Guard Collection. He has more than a dozen murals in various locations throughout Fayette County, and his art can be found in museums and collections around the world.
Mr. Ahysen was also well known as a musician. He played trumpet with the Harry James’ Band and traveled extensively with the band during the mid-1940’s. He was a member of the local Community Band, and faithfully served as bugler with the Honor Guard of the Veterans of Fayette County. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Ahysen passed away on April 30, 2006. His wife, Alice, whom he married in 1971, and his daughter, Susan currently reside in Washington Court House.