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.
photograph by Lori Copeland
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.
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.
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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Matthew Tullis at email@example.com.
By Megan Ruggles
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|