The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts opened an exhibit of the work of Tom Richard Feb. 6 titled Guys or Dolls… and, oh yeah, Bombs and Peeps. Richard is a professor of art at the University of Arkansas at Magnolia. His art has been displayed in several different exhibits in locations such as Chicago, New York City and New Orleans.
Professor and department Chair of the visual arts department Hershall Seals makes note of the apparent quirkiness and somewhat comical approach in Richard’s work. Seals compliments his techniques with his take on a lighthearted gallery structure.
“One of the things (I find) interesting is the way in which it is hung. I’ve chosen to do playful arrangements of the works of art so that it conjures up a sense of fun. This is hallowed ground. This is kind of an experiment of levity, and how art can be a lot of different things. It doesn’t always have to be real serious,” he said.
Sophomore fine arts major Sarah Wright enjoyed all of the pieces included in the exhibition, but Jokes and Bombs stood out to her the most. The artwork consisted of five colorful drawings of atomic explosions.
“I really like the idea of having something blurred, but incorporating outlines to make it pop. I can just look at it from the other side of the room, and I can definitely see it stand out, and I like the vibrant colors,” she said.
Junior graphic design major Chance Alvis views the art exhibit as a fresh learning experience for all art students.
“He uses peeps and action figures, and he makes it work really well, especially in the overall painting. He does it in a way that goes beyond the objects. That’s something, as artists, we need to keep in the back of our minds ….You can always interpret something different,” he said.
The visual arts department will host a gallery talk with the featured artist Feb. 28 at 5:00 p.m.
Fine arts experience credit will be available.
The exhibit goes through March 1.
Richard will serve as a juror for the upcoming UMHB student competition. He will decide which entries will be shown in the next exhibit, which will begin early next month.