Rembrandt, ‘Artist’s Best Friend’ and After Party

Rembrandt, 'Artist’s Best Friend’ and After Party

Students and faculty visited the exhibit Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London at the Arkansas Arts Center last night. We had a great time seeing all kinds of great art including the wonderful paintings on loan from London as well as getting to know each other a bit better. We also attended the lecture “The ‘Artist’s Best Friend’: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today” by Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He blew us away with his presentation skills and brought a few of us to tears with a picture of Lassie. Following these great experiences we dined at Sticky’s, which I thought was actually called The Sassy Redneck, on Clinton Ave.

See more at: http://www.arkarts.com/kenwood-house and http://www.arkarts.com/kenwood-house#sthash.id1HYBP4.dpuf

photograph by Lori Copeland

Richard Cummings Exhibit

November 29, 2010

Guest artist Richard Cummings will be the final artist to be featured this semester in Ouachita Baptist University’s Hammons Gallery. His series, “Bits of Redemption,” will be displayed Nov. 22-Dec. 15.


“We have chosen to have Richard exhibit at this time because he is the last installment in a series of exhibits focused on either assemblage, graphic design or a combination of the two,” said Donnie Copeland, OBU assistant professor of visual arts.
“Cummings makes collecting and reusing – or as he calls it ‘redeeming’ – the subject of his works,” Copeland added. “The act of piecing together parts which have nothing in common other than their collective status as rubbish and debris is a symbolic gesture of reinvesting worth in the substance of both our and nature’s past.”
“His rhetoric is also religious in temperament,” Copeland noted. “He extends the meaning of his intended metaphor to the Christian idea of redemption.”
Cummings is a professional artist and designer and serves as associate professor of art at the College of the Ozarks. He is also the director of the College of the Ozarks’ Boger Gallery. Cummings specializes in designing for non-profits and has been featured in Christianity Today online.
Ouachita’s series of exhibits focusing on found objects and graphic design has also included work by three well-known logo designers, Rolando Murillo, Tom Nynas and Brian Owens, and most recently of artist Matthew Tullis.- By: Lori Hilburn
Visit His website at www.richardwcummings.com or his facebook page for his art “Bits of Redemption “.

Tape on the Walls Progression

November 3, 2010

In this year’s tape on the walls project, one student, Adam Oakes, took a progressive look at his art work.

It went from being simple, whimsical black lines….

to swirls with an edge…

with the addition to movement and sparks flying..

More character, gesure and movement…

to the addition of various line qualities, style and a burst of movement.

As you can see, it is beneficial to look at art as a process and to monitor the progress in stages. As Adam continued through his work, he made every mark count as he changed a simply whimsical black line into a magnificent movement of art. Thanks go out to Adam for sharing his photos.

Tape On the Walls and the Winner is…………

October 27, 2010

This years Tape On the Walls project was a huge success. Armed with only roles of black masking tape students Visual Fundamentals students transformed OBU’s walls into a wonderland. This year’s judge, Associate Professor of Art at Henderson State University, Aaron Calvert said, “I based my decision on three things creativity, craftsmanship, and use of the space. This years winner had all three really going on.”

Jeff Sharp 1st Prize

 

Zack Nottingham 2nd Place
Katie Hopmann 3rd

Matthew Tullis Exhibit

October 5, 2010

Sculptor Matthew Tullis is presenting an art exhibit, “Alphabetic Reclamations,” in the Hammons Gallery at Ouachita Baptist University Oct. 4-28.

“My goal for the audience is to share my appreciation for, and devotion to, the disparate letterforms of this unusual alphabet,” Tullis said.

Tullis makes use of found materials in his artwork. His “Alternative Typestyles” are sculptural works that combine his interests in graphic design and typography with salvaged, natural and antique materials.

“Typography, the classic element of visual communication, bridges both the fine art and graphic design disciplines, and is the subject of my work,” Tullis said. “I strive to assemble typographic artifacts in an alphabetic gestalt, where the whole is more fluent than any individual piece.

“Each sculpture is informed by three factors: the natural decay of the original typographic specimen, the contextual history of the found-object letterform, and my own typographic sensibilities,” he added.

“Having Matt’s work in our gallery continues the discussions on art and design begun with ‘The Logo Show!’ and Rick Poynor’s visit,” explained Donnie Copeland, Ouachita assistant professor of visual arts, citing two other design-related events hosted on campus earlier this semester.

“When Rick Poynor was on campus a few weeks ago, he emphasized how graphic design and visual communication are connected to other art forms and can be a continuation of a movement like surrealism which has a strong presence in film, painting and architecture,” Copeland added. “In Matthew’s works, those connections are emphasized again, this time between sculpture and letterforms, assemblage and pastiche.”

Tullis, a professor of art at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, will speak to classes in Ouachita’s Department of Visual Arts in Moses-Provine room 203, on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.

Tullis was born in Idaho and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Oregon State University, where he studied graphic design. He moved to Philadelphia in 1989 and attended graduate school at Temple University. A few years later, he moved back to Eugene, Ore., and worked in a graphic design studio for about a decade before deciding to teach full time. That brought Tullis to Bowling Green, Ky., where he has been teaching at Western Kentucky University and making art since 2000.

When he is not designing or creating sculptures, he enjoys skateboarding, cutting firewood, fishing and spending time with his family.
To see more of his work visit http://www.matttullis.com/

For more information, contact Donnie Copeland at copelandd@obu.edu or Matthew Tullis at matthew.tullis@wku.edu.
By Megan Ruggles

Tape On the Walls is Back

Visual Fundamentals student have once again taken over the second floor of Moses Provine. Armed with only roles of black masking tape the students will tranform our halls into a wonderland. Come check out their progress during the week. Prizes are given out for the top three places. Check out last years top winners.

Sarah Henley Grand prize
Hannah Pfeiffer 2nd
Jillian Sharp 3rd place tie
Kit Curlin 3rd place tie