Louisiana Tech University’s Enterprise Center Art Gallery is honored to host “Art & Architecture Professors Emeritus,” October 25 through November 15 at the Robert H. Rawle Enterprise Center at 509 West Alabama Avenue in Ruston.
The exhibit will feature the works of Louisiana Tech Emeritus Faculty Phoebe Allen, Dean Dablow, Peter Jones, Robert Moran and Edwin Pinkston. During their tenure at Louisiana Tech University, each of these professors not only provided a superior level of education but also worked successfully as practicing artists, being featured in shows and publications across the country. Phoebe Allen served as professor of Art and Architecture for thirty-three years and has been featured in over one hundred twenty juried and invitational exhibitions, while also having been commission for two large murals. Dean Dablow served as a professor in the School of Art for thirty-one years during which time he helped establish the “French Quarter” study abroad program, as well as, filled the role of Head of Photography, then becoming Director of the School of Art. Peter Jones was also a professor at Louisiana Tech for thirty-one years where he also served as Graduate Program Coordinator for nine years. Also during his tenure he has been featured in solo and group shows in New York, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and various cities through the state of Louisiana. Robert Moran was a professor in the School of Art and Architecture for thirty-two years where his teaching focus was primarily in Architectural Design and Furniture Design. Moran has shown in over 80 juried and invitational exhibitions across the country. Also, his work has been featured in the “Washington Post”, “Smithsonian” magazine and in numerous other regional and national publications. Edwin Pinkston served as professor for thirty-six years, during which time twenty of those years were spent as Graduate Coordinator of the MFA program. Pinkston was passionate about principle foundations in art and taught beginning drawing every year during his tenure. Pinkston also participated in teaching in the “Tech Rome” study abroad program on several occasions.
Each of the retired professors garnered numerous awards of excellence in their field, as well as, collectively dedicated 163 years of service to Louisiana Tech University. The impact of their dedication to the students and faculty, passion for education and level of commitment to the university and their community is profound and merits tremendous respect.
So it is with great honor that the Enterprise Center would like to invite everyone to the opening reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. October 25. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibit or the Enterprise Center Art Gallery, please visit www.latechinnovation.org or call (318) 257-5281.
New paintings by Edwin Pinkston, Ruston artist and former Tech Art Professor, will be featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery Fine Art Center in Bossier, Louisiana, September 20 through October 28.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 22, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Edwin will give an artist talk about his work at 5:30.
Gallery Fine Art Center is located at 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 200, Bossier City, LA 71111, and can be reached by phone at 318-741-9192. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 11:00am – 5:00pm and by appointment.
I am very excited about the direction of my new paintings. Over the years I have done figure and landscape drawings in charcoal, semi-abstract collages, wall constructions of painted wood with earth and sky themes, pastels of still lives or landscapes, and abstracted mixed media pieces inspired by jazz music. But lately I’m enjoying a very challenging return to abstract painting.
In this latest exhibition, I’m working primarily on Gessoboard mounted on a 2” deep maple frame. These hard surfaces can take a lot of physical paint application (or removal) and are used in a square format, thus providing a neutral dynamic, which leaves me free to generate my own visual velocities. These paintings investigate non-representational issues where color, texture, paint handling and spatial fields are explored.Extensively reworked, they feature layers that are sometimes translucent, sometimes opaque, and are filled with marks, lines, textures and scumblings. This concentrated strata of energy and pigmenets, which eventually unite to include a predominant color, hopefully suggests depths both literal and emotional.
Tensions and counter forces are strongly cultivated, using a non-objective approach that is inspired by Paul Cezanne’s still lives and landscapes. I try to set a stage where forms aren’t fully reconciled to their positions, where color and mark-making struggle for dominance, and where surface and spatial considerations jockey for position. I try to give each section a role to play, composing holistically, and avoid centering any one element, to neutralize any dominating tendencies.
I see these paintings as reactions to conflicting issues of human existence that we all face, such as personal freedoms versus societal regulations. Energetic brush action and strong colors depict a sense of abandonment and are juxtaposed against straight lines and geometric shapes representing life’s constraints. Further, elements suggestive of being man-made, such as straight lines or geometric shapes, are contrasted with freely brushed, spontaneous and color dominated passages, which I see as emblematic of nature’s embrace of growth, change and the unexpected.