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Art Gallery Series 2014-2015
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Walter Sallenger, Art Gallery Curator



Art Gallery Series
May 12 - August 16, 2014

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Thur
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Primitive Arts in the Modern World - Greg Pryor.

“There is great wisdom in the native American proverb, ‘A man must make his own arrows.’ Beyond the metaphorical, making arrows in the modern world connects us to the primitive world of our ancestors. Working in a variety of media, I strive to use natural resources to create arrowheads, knives, and spearheads from flint, obsidian, glass, and porcelain. I manufacture and shoot arrows and atlatl darts made from these arrowheads and locally-sourced river cane, pine pitch glue, wild turkey feathers, and deer sinew. I grow, cure, and process gourds into a variety of containers, and make cordage, tools, bags, clothing, and jewelry from wild plant fibers, bone, clay, stone, sinew, rawhide, and brain-tanned hides.”

Greg Pryor is an Associate Professor of Biology at Francis Marion University with a doctorate in Zoology. He is a traditional artist (working in a variety of media), carpenter, construction worker, cook, and amateur musician, and he practices primitive arts such as bow-and-drill firemaking and survival crafts. He likes to live off the land as much as possible and is a self-proclaimed "nature freak."

Notes  From the Curator:

Dr. Pryor double majored as an undergraduate in zoology and art.  His acrylic paintings, most often of birds, reveal animals interacting with human artifacts, sometimes using them, sometimes existing in a landscape littered by them.

Pryor’s primitive crafts give us insight into the interaction of early humans with the natural world.  His crafts also give us an opportunity to consider how art crept into craft, as useful objects came to be decorated, placing the indelible stamp of the artisan on everyday objects.

Pryor glass arrowhead



Art Gallery Series
August 19 - September 16, 2014

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Bits and Pieces - New Works by Adrian Rhodes.

Adrian Rhodes is a native of Hartsville, S.C. She earned her B.F.A. from Winthrop University, and during her undergraduate studies she spent a semester studying fine art in Imatra, Finland. She completed her M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Winthrop University and is currently teaching at Wingate University.

"I am interested in studio practice as a way to question--I am interested in the act of making. I don't try to illustrate an idea, rather I let process guide the piece and find its meaning in the method used to create it. Printmaking is an important part of my process. I create editions, and pull additional prints from the matrix that I deconstruct and use as college material in my mixed media pieces. This leads to recurring imagery across my work that becomes part of my personal iconography, and the meaning I find in these different images helps me to determine the meaning of the larger works.

“I like paper, texture, and color. I take cast off things and collage them into my work: onion bags, bits of string, and the mylar press bed covers marked by ink and registration marks. I pick up feathers, dead moths, bees, and scraps of books. Nothing is sacred, and nothing is trash. A "finished" piece might be deconstructed into components for many other paintings, or I might sweep up the studio floor and make a collage of whatever I find. Including these random bits of life in the work blurs the line between studio and sidewalk.

“My finished work reflects the enjoyment in manipulating materials: drawn mark making, paint manipulations, printmaking processes, collage and transfer techniques. I find the tension between rigid structural forms and organic, intuitive mark making reflects internal conflict. This tension explores a desire to control life, counterpoised against the futility of that effort. It is recognizing the correlations between my studio and the world outside that allows me to create work which reflects the meaning inherent in the search."
Adrian Rhodes
Subcutanious by Adrian Rhodes


Art Gallery Series
September 19 - November 6, 2014

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Consumerism In the World - Bethany Luhman.

"While working in retail unnecessaties and fast food was an everyday occurance for me. People would come in for presents for their kids, hand me their wish lists and tell me to help them pick the items out. The lists would have laptops, smartphones and game systems on them. I remeber one person in particular who had me help pick out a Macbook Pro, Iphone, and Play Station 3 with all the accessories. When we reached the register I found out that all of the presents were for a 13 year old kid. I was told that the gifts were only half of the presents they wanted and that they had to go to other stores to buy the rest.
 
"This took me back and it stayed with me even while I sat at lunch. My co-worker was sitting with me while I was still thinking of the 13 year old's presents when he said "jeez these fries are nasty". I had realized that this same co-worker complained at least twice a week about the same fries from the same fast food place. When I asked why do you go there then, he would reply "becasue its there".
 
Consumerism has taken over our everyday lives even when we know that items and fast food will not makes us happy or that we know it won't satisfy our tastebuds. We still go back for more because its there.
 
"This project includes images from around the world of fast food places and retail stores. Each image complies of many other images found off the Internet to create one. The images used are of the same location just taken by many people. They are to be seen in color, but not clear because of the disillusion they cause our feelings and desires to have. Their beauty tempts us to come closer to them and to spend more."


Carolina Ceramics Sampler - Cone 10 Studios.

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Luhman
Toys-r-Us, New York City, USA by Bethany Luhman


Art Gallery Series
November 11 - December 13, 2014

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Senior Shows by Graduating FMU Visual Arts Majors
   

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.
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Art Gallery Series
December 2-13, 2014

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by Ceramics and 3-D Design Classes.

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Art Gallery Series
January 13 - February 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

The African-American Voice - South Carolina Arts Commission State Art Collection

Works by African-American artists who are among the state's best-known and widely celebrated practitioners, The African-American Voice includes 40 pieces of artwork from the State Art Collection by 25 African-American artists, including outsider artists Sam Doyle, Leroy Marshall, Richard Burnside and Dan Robert Miller, and academically trained artists with established careers such as Leo Twiggs, Arthur Rose, Tarleton Blackwell, MacArthur Goodwin, Jesse Guinyard, Joseph Gandy, Terry K. Hunter, Larry Jordan, Larry Lebby, Robert Spencer, and Winston Wingo. The sweetgrass basket tradition is represented by Mary Jackson, the best known practitioner working in this craft, and by Linda Blake, Marguerite Middleton, and Elizabeth Kinlaw. Artists such as Merton Simpson, Beverly Buchanan, Sheri Moore Change, Maxwell Taylor and Connie Floyd are all South Carolina–connected artists who no longer reside in the state.
 
The exhibition was created in response to the continued requests for works by African-American artists from the State Art Collection.

Larry Jordan
Vase of the New Moon by Larry Jordan

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Art Gallery Series
February 17 - March 26, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Lines of Possibility - Howard Frye

Dr. Howard Frye graduated from Marshall University with degrees in broadcasting and art education and has taught in West Virginia and Florida. In 2002, he received a doctorate of education (Ed D) in art education from Florida State University and he has been employed at Francis Marion University since 2003, where he is currently an associate professor of art education and the coordinator of the art education program.

"I grew up in the coal fields of southwestern West Virginia, a place where the opportunity to see art was--and still is--extremely limited.  An important experience happened when I was in second or third grade.  During a visit, my uncle drew pictures for me with a fountain pen on a stack of paper.  I watched with fascination as he drew these fluid and beautiful lines, which magically became cars, ships, and animals.  It made a strong impression on me.  I've been interested in art ever since. 

"I'm interested in creating artwork with an emphasis on sculptural shape or form and an attention to subtle transitions of value and a relationship between lines and surface.  My aim is to simplify.  I prefer, in general, to make quiet artworks rather than bold, energetic ones.  I'm influenced most by the mediative quality I see in the artworks of Morandi, Chardin, and Buddhist art, the humor and quirkiness of folk artists, such as Bill Traylor, the power and timeliness of Egyptian sculpture, and the sublime beauty of Impressionist painting.

"Although I often draw from observation, most of my recent work has been either abstract or non-objective and usually the result of a strategies that allow for free association.  Often I start a drawing without a notion of what I'm going to make.  One strategy I've used is to draw hundreds of straight, parallel horizontal lines until an image or idea comes to mind.  In addition, I will sometimes draw over photographs or my old drawings.  While my approach to drawing may seem to offer considerable constraints, I've found that it often spurs my imagination to come up with odd juxtapositions in my artwork, which is something I'm keenly interested in."

Frye
Distant Shore by Howard Frye, ink, 24"x19"

Art Gallery Series
March 31 - May 9, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Senior Show by FMU Visual Arts Majors

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and the general public.

There will be an opening reception 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, April 1.


Senior Show Opening


Art Gallery Series
April 28 - May 9, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Works by Ceramics and 3D Design Classes.

A showcase of new works created during the current semester by students learning skills in visual arts classes.
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Art Gallery Series
May 12 - August 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Thur
Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery

Paintings by Mary Bentz Gilkerson.

Mary Bentz Gilkerson is a South Carolina contemporary artist who is passionate about landscape, the environment and sense of place. Her paintings and prints draw from the landscapes of rural Charleston, Edisto Island, the Ace Basin and the Congaree, focusing on the tension between the fragility of the environment and the power of the natural forces of earth and water.

Gilkerson holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of South Carolina. A native South Carolinian, she lives and works in Columbia where she is a professor of art at Columbia College. She has received grants from the S.C. Arts Commission and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties in addition to having been selected as a Southern Arts Federation Fellowship Finalist. Her work is in the permanent collections of McKissick Museum, Palmetto Health, Morris Communications Company, and Seibels Bruce Group, among others.

Mary Bentz Gilkerson
From the Edge, LXXIX © Mary Bentz Gilkerson, 2012, oil on panel, ~ 4" x 6"


About the Art Gallery Series

Walter Sallenger, Art Gallery Curator

The Department of Fine Arts sponsors the Art Gallery Series, hosting varied shows of two and three dimensional works showcasing local and regional artists. Exhibits change regularly throughout the academic year.

The mission of the art galleries program is to present exhibitions that support and enhance the academic goals of the visual arts program at Francis Marion University, providing a non-profit institutional setting in the service of society for educational purposes. Under the supervision of the Fine Arts Department faculty, the galleries curator is committed to researching, exhibiting and interpreting for the purpose of study, objects, activities, and documents focused on the visual arts.
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Sculptural Display Cases in Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
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Overview of west end of Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery
Art galleries are located in the Hyman Fine Arts Center. The Fine Arts Center Gallery features large cases along glass walls, allowing three-dimensional works to be displayed and viewed from the outdoor breezeway as well as inside the commons serving the Fine Arts Theatre and Adele Kassab Recital Hall. A lighting grid and configurable display partitions provide a flexible gallery space for two- and three-dimensional works throughout the remainder of the gallery.

Senior shows are required of all students majoring in Visual Arts. At the end of each semester, the galleries also feature works produced by students enrolled in studio art classes. These shows give students hands-on experience in selection and installation of artworks, publicity of exhibition, and external review by the University community and general public.
The Galleries Curator then selects among distinguished regional artists to fill out the Art Gallery Series schedule in order to have two- and three-dimensional shows changing regularly throughout the academic year. The gallery serves as the lobby for Kassab Recital Hall and the Fine Arts Theatre, bringing the visual and performing arts together.

Please check the Arts Calendar for more information about film, music and theatre offerings as well as the Art Gallery Series schedule. Gallery hours are typically 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday except during summer session (June-August), when hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday.

Student Show in University Center Gallery
Portion of a Student Show





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