Exhibits

On View January 15 through March 29
 
 
postcard-4inx9in-h-frontEVOLVING VISIONS -
Larry Walker & Colleagues:
Michael Scoffield, Yanique Norman, Joe Camoosa, Patricia Drew & Eleanor Neal

 
This exhibit features over twenty works by Walker, and is put together along the dual themes of the evolution of the artist’s work throughout his life, and the mentor/mentee relationship in art as illustrated by the works on display by each of his colleagues in this exhibit.
 
Walker utilizes painting, drawing, collage and mixed materials as the primary processes for his work. His career spans 50+ years and includes an extensive exhibition record: more than 200 invitational and juried group presentations and sixty solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and art centers in various parts of the country. His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, private collectors and corporations including: The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA); The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Huntsville Museum; The Los Angeles County Museum; The Collection of Hallmark Cards Inc.; The High Museum; The Georgia Museum of Art; The African American Museum in Dallas and other publicly accessible sites.
 
Walker, the youngest of eleven was born in Franklin, GA. Following the death of his father in 1936, Walker’s formative years were spent in New York City. There he graduated from the High School of Music & Art before relocating to Detroit, MI for college. He has a B.S. in Art Education and an M.A. in Drawing and Painting from Wayne State University. His 42-year academic experience included six years in Detroit Public Schools, 19 years at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA (7 years as Department Chairman) and 17 years at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA (11 years as Director of the School of Art and Design). Now retired as a Professor Emeritus, Walker continues to add credits to his substantial accomplishments as an artist, visual arts supporter, juror and curator.
(Image: Flight, 2013 by Walker)
 
About the Colleagues:
 
Camoosa, UntitledJoe Camoosa, a current Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, states that, “chance and chaos still play a big part in my studio practice… Inspiration derives from road and transit maps, architectural plans and an ever-changing list of music. Through abstraction, I undo the nameable in my work, leaving the search for meaning up to the viewer.”
 
 
 
 
Drew, FetalPatricia Drew, who earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Art Education and Ceramic from Georgia State University, states, “after teaching art in high school for 41 years, I began studying painting with Larry Walker. During that time, I created a body of work called “The American Quilt,” and was fortunate to travel throughout the United States with my paintings. In 2008, I began sculpting with clay, which resulted in the body of work that I have recently completed.”
 
 
 
Neal, UntitledEleanor Neal, an arts educator with Gwinnett County Public Schools for over twenty years with a Masters of Fine Arts from Indiana University, uses printmaking and collage work to pursue her interest in the many facets of nature. She states that “it is the energy that is carried into the studio – improvisation, imagination and investigation – that defines [my] artwork.”
 
 
 
 
Norman, Soil MigrationYanique Norman, a current Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Georgia State University, enjoyed a recent studio assistantship with Walker through the Working Artists Project Studio Assistantship Program, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in Atlanta. Norman states that her “current body of work is searching for innovative ways to graphically express the psychological body of the historically disenfranchised” through which her drawings are concerned with “giving a contemporary account of the complex emotional landscapes of these impoverished descendants.”
 
 
Scoffield, Firewall 1Michael Scoffield, who earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Georgia State University, also enjoyed a recent assistantship with Walker through the Working Artist Project, and was included in the MOCA GA exhibition, “Dissolving Stereotypes/Forging New Dialogues: An Exhibition Beyond Race,” curated by Walker. Regarding his art, Scoffield states, “the viewer is drawn deeper into the art (surface) for a closer examination in the manipulation of materials… It is my hope that at this moment in time the experience becomes the work of art.”
 
 
 
Lillian Blades, HeirloomWORKS
by
LILLIAN BLADES

 
This exhibit features large-scale multi-media works by the Atlanta artist. She describes herself as, “a Public Artist and a Studio Artist whose assemblage artwork reflects the improvisational compositions, colors and patterns of quilts and the textural qualities of memorial art.” Blades further explains, “My inspirations are rooted in ancestral and matriarchal visual traditions I connect with.”
 
Blades was born in Nassau, Bahamas, but received a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Painting from Georgia State University. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and Caversham in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
 
Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as The Bahamas, Trinidad, Germany and South Africa. Her artwork has been commissioned for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and The East Atlanta Library, and is in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Learn more about Blades at her website, www.lillianblades.com.
(Image: Heirloom by Lillian Blades)
 
 
 
Herbert Creecy, Blue Over Orange X (2)SELECTED WORKS
from the
PERMANENT COLLECTION

 
This exhibit features new artworks pulled from the Hudgens’ own private collection.
(Image: Herbert Creecy, Blue Over Orange X)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Exhibits in 2014
 
March 5 – 15
Congressman Woodall Student Art Competition
 
April 16 – June 28
Pam Longobardi: Hudgens Prize Winner Solo Exhibition
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection (New Works)
To Feel the Clouds: the Photography of John Slemp
 
July 16 – September 27
Japanese Calligraphy
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection (New Works)
Friends of the Alphabet (Local Calligraphy)
Altered Books Competition Winners
 
October 9 – December 20
Blurred Lines: Contemporary Self-Taught Meets the Masters, curated by Tina Cox
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection (New Works)
The Hudgens 3rd Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition