Masur Museum, with artist Greely Myatt

Here are the details about the upcoming visit and exhibition by Memphis artist Greely Myatt at the Masur Museum. This is an exhibition not to miss! All the programs take place at the Masur Museum of Art, 1400 South Grand Street in Monroe. For more info call 318.329.2237

Not Again?!                          

Greely Myatt--photo by Jim Weber, from GoMemphis.com

Greely Myatt–photo by Jim Weber, from GoMemphis.com

                                                        

Work by Greely Myatt

On View July 2 – October 11, 2014

 

Studio 318 with Greely Myatt:

Special Patrons and Board Event in June:

Members with a Single Patron Membership or higher will be contacted with the details.

Members’ Reception and Artist’s Talk:

September 18, 2014

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Open to all members of the Masur Museum of Art.

Community Art Project:

September 19, 2014

3:30 to 5:30 pm

Open to the public, FREE admission. Come help Greely Myatt with an interactive crowd sourced work of art. Any visitor is welcome to contribute to this project throughout the whole exhibition, but Greely Myatt will be available at this time to lead the project himself. Visit with the artist while helping create a work of art for the exhibition.

Studio and Professional Practices Lecture by Greely Myatt:  

September 19, 2014

5:45 to 6:30 pm

Open to the public, FREE admission.

Artist’s Bio: Greely Myatt was born in Mississippi in 1952. His earliest experiences with art were intuitive, improvised with everyday materials, and well outside the auspices of an educational institution. These formative experiences continue to drive his art-making approach. He is the Sculpture Program Coordinator for the Department of Art at the University of Memphis. Myatt holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, and a BFA from Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi.

In a way Not Again?! is a homecoming for Greely Myatt. The second solo exhibition of his career took place at the Masur in 1979. Since then he and the Masur have grown a great deal. Not Again?! is also a fitting metaphor for thinking about Myatt’s studio practice. He is interested in the cyclical nature of life and symbols. Myatt often gives found objects and well-worn cultural cues new life while making art. His subject matter varies drastically from a painstakingly realistic depiction of an ice cream cone dropped mid-lick to an esoteric examination of how the Underground Railroad used quilt patterns to communicate in code. As a result viewing this exhibition is like life itself and runs the gamut from humor to tragedy; sometimes simultaneously (if you like ice cream). Specific subject matter aside, Myatt is most interested in communication as the theme within his work. He constructs art much like an author writes a sentence. In a sense, his materials provide a vocabulary and the means of fabrication becomes the punctuation that holds his work together; giving it a particular emphasis or sensibility. His titles often convey specific ideas about a work of art’s intended meaning, but as with most things it is up for debate. When different elements of a particular work of art are examined, things can change.

Not Again ?! will feature several new works of art including one site specific installation in the River Galleries. Myatt has exhibited his art in many venues including the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana; The Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Frist Art Center, Nashville, Tennessee; Hunter College, New York, New York; Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, Massachusetts; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee; Portland Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Oregon; The Running Horse Contemporary Art Space, Beirut, Lebanon; The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

A N(ick)LAC Post – Claiborne Jubilee

Another week has passed, my second as an intern with NCLAC, and I’ve begun to slowly become accustomed to things. I returned to the office Monday to help with the newsletters we’re getting ready to mail to our members, and while I was there I realized that that was around my fifth time inside the Dixie. I have lived in Ruston my entire life, have passed by the building countless times, but rarely have I actually been inside and seen the art display in the front, the stage and the seats. It was only just reopened in the late 90s, but still, I think I’ve done a disservice to myself by not coming here more often. It really is a beautiful place.

Also, I began reaching out to other parishes as part of NCLAC’s community outreach to see if we could help in any way. I reached out to Ms. Cynthia Steele, a nice lady who helps run the Claiborne Jubilee, an annual arts and crafts event in Claiborne Parish where they celebrate the art and artists of their parish. I could tell she was very enthusiastic about art, and she loved speaking with me about NCLAC, who is just as passionate as she is about helping bring art to the community. Currently she has been trying to set up a few classes with their local Boys and Girls Club, one of the classes featuring sewing and woodworking, as well as a program where the participants take “useless” items such as aluminum foil and transform them into art.

Claiborne Jubilee

Claiborne Jubilee

Learning that Ms. Steele does this for her community is enlightening because there are probably more people who do the same for their community. With that in mind combined with the summer usually being pretty eventful, there is a lot to look forward to.

Tess Talk: Dugdemona Woodcarvers

Today’s post is by Tess Stickney, NCLAC Gallery Coordinator Intern.Tess is working with our exhibitions this summer, including Dixie Lobby shows, Dog Days Art Crawls and Peach Art Exhibit.

It was late one summer afternoon in downtown Ruston and families of incoming freshmen were roaming the streets and store fronts. Louisiana Tech University and the city of Ruston hosted their first Dog Days of Summer, a series of events introducing students and families coming through orientation to the community by way of walking tours and art crawls. With maps in hand these adventurers wandered the local businesses in town, making one of their stops the Dixie Center for the Arts. Inside the lobby they would find  the walls and tables covered in years of woodcarvings by the Dugdemona Basin Woodcarvers Guild.

Guild member, Bob Rubens, speaking with a guest

Guild member, Bob Rubens, speaking with a guest

Woodpecker, carved from cypress by Guild member Emmett Blundell

Woodpecker, carved from cypress by Guild member Emmett Blundell

This group of artists have worked together for over twenty years in Jonesboro, Louisiana, beginning as a small interest group and growing into a collective of woodcarvers. The exhibit displays a variety of styles and techniques in wood carving, and it also shows the fun a creative side of this ancient art. Reliefs of eagles, walking canes with lovable characters such as E.T. and Uncle Sam, and Louisiana themed bowls, sculptures, and reliefs line the walls of the Dixie. The talents of its members shine through these works of art, especially in pieces like a walking cane entirely made up of carved train cars moving downward. If asked to pick which piece is their favorite in the show, they cannot simply pick one. They can, however, pull out a small Kodak photo album and flip through a few photographs of pieces that could not fit in the show, such as a totem pole that was a collaborative effort by the group.

The night ended with hundreds of maps being colored in and just a few cups of lemonade left, but the room was never empty with people to view the work. If you missed out on the first Dog Days of Summer, don’t worry. This exhibit will last through the month of June, including the Ruston Peach Festival. Come see the wonderful art created by these local artists and celebrate twenty-five years of art with them.

The next Dog Days Art Crawl date is Wednesday, June 18, from 7-10pm. Stop in and see the Guild’s work! July dates are the 9th and 30th, with featured artist Nina Stephens of Dubach.

some of the works displayed in the Dixie Center Lobby

some of the works displayed in the Dixie Center Lobby