New Gallery Exhibit – From the Fararway Nearby

Lone Star from Leigh Merrill on Vimeo.

The Department of Fine Arts presents the first art exhibit of the 2014 – 2015 season, From the Faraway Nearby, featuring the North Texas based artists Jesse Morgan Barnett, Diane Durant, Leigh Merrill, and Adam Neese. The exhibit will run from August 25 – September 27 in the Gallery of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.

The title of the exhibition comes from artist Georgia O’Keefe, whom after moving away from New York City to the southwest, began signing her letters to friends with the phrase “from the faraway nearby”. This oxymoronic statement seemed to capture the spirit of the artists that curator and Assistant Professor Chris Ireland chose to feature in the TSU gallery. All of the artists featured in From the Faraway Nearby use art to figure out the complicated ways in which place can shape and affect us. Included in the exhibition are photographic landscapes that are traditionally beautiful (showcasing sunsets, lakes, country roads) to ones that utilize personal narrative, digital alteration, and visual metaphors. Some of the artists find inspiration in our network of highways and signposts, while others celebrate the wilds of nature. Others investigate the personal stories that are embedded in their interpretation of the land.

The gallery is open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on weekdays. The participating artists will be present their work in a brown bag lecture, date/time to be announced soon.


Dry Reach by Adam Neese

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