Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New SBU professor's art on display

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New SBU professor’s art on display

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University’s Driskill Art Gallery currently is featuring the work of Tom Douglas, associate professor of art, entitled “Poor boy’s Matisse.” Douglas also serves as the chair of SBU’s Department of Art. Douglas joined the SBU faculty beginning August 2013.

Douglas’ work will be on display through Sept. 12. The exhibition features a variety of media, including thrown and altered ceramics, paintings and sculptures. The display is comprised of 32 works of art. A key subject in the art is a bag of minnows, used in fishing, which is a whimsical reference to a childhood memory ever present in Douglas’ work. The color choice and use of found and invented pattern pays homage to early 20th century masters such as Picasso and Matisse. The variety of visual presentation showcases Douglas’ past path of visual problem solving and is intended to document his engagement of life-long learning.

Douglas holds a B.F.A. in painting from Austin Peay State University and an M.F.A. in art from the University of Mississippi. He is a 30-year veteran of teaching art at the collegiate level and as a painter, potter and sculptor, he has a long record of exhibitions, commissions and works in public and private collections.

The exhibition of Douglas’ work is free and open to the public now through Sept. 12. The Driskill Art Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Deby Gilley, director of the Driskill Art Gallery, at or (417) 328-1651.

PHOTO: Tom Douglas
Pictured in Driskill Art Gallery

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