JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University will open to the public on Aug. 25 with a 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. reception.
According to a news release from Arkansas State University, the museum will showcase a new series of exhibitions as well as a new look.
This group of shows will feature portraiture by four artists: Delita Martin, Nina Katchadourian, Tad Lauritzen Wright and Andrew Kilgore.
Three of the galleries showcase the work of Houston-based artist Delita Martin. Two collections of her powerful, large-scale portraits of women of color are on display in the entry and main galleries. These multi-layered mixed media works command one's attention from afar but reveal intricate detailing upon a closer look.
In the Kays Gallery Martin will exhibit "Dinner Table."
"The project is about the exploration of sisterhood among women of color. Through a series of hand-drawn portraits on plates, I have created a space, a dining room, historically thought of as a domestic space or a woman's domain and changed it to a place of prayer, where women can bond, tell stories, solve problems and lift each other up. I believe installation brings an extra dimension in how people connect to the art. Connection and interaction are at the core of all my artwork. I am fascinated with the idea of the viewer being able to connect to a culture and people that may be unfamiliar to them,"said Martin.
During the reception at 6 p.m., Martin will speak about her work in the exhibition.
Also on display are works of acclaimed artist Nina Katchadourian's improvisational and humorous series "Seat Assignment: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style."
This ongoing project was created with just a hand-held camera phone, in airplane bathrooms during flight.
The work of Tad Lauritzen Wright will be showcased in the exhibition titled "Continual Myth."
According to the release, Wright's child-like line drawings depict a whimsical rendition of ancient mythological characters from Aphrodite and Eros to Hades and Persephone.
"I take basic ideas, simple plans, and rigorous daydreaming to an extreme in the work, always attempting to elevate my ideas and observations, " said Wright.
Later this semester he will speak in the Bradbury Art Museum about his work.
Selections from the A-State Permanent Collection of Art will be the final exhibition in this series.
The set of black and white photos by Arkansas artist Andrew Kilgore are from a large collection titled, "Fayetteville Townfolk" named after the city where the subjects lived at the time.
According to the release, despite the fact that four decades have passed since the inception of their creation, the images appear timeless and could easily be mistaken for current portraits.
The exhibitions run through Oct. 9 at Bradbury Art Museum, in the Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Museum hours are also available by appointment.
The exhibition, reception, and the artist's talks are free and open to the public.
For more information contact the museum at (870) 972-2567.
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