Mixed media exhibit by Tim Smith at MC Gallery until Feb. 26

January 20, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
865.981.8209 or keni.lanagan@maryvillecollege.edu

A mixed media exhibit by artist Tim Smith, associate professor of art at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, is on display at the Maryville College Gallery until Feb. 26. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Because Smith was inspired by his daughter to create the works in this exhibit, he calls this exhibit the "Sarah Series."

"The series was inspired by calligraphic drawings my daughter has been doing for years," Smith explained. "She began doing these when she learned to read and began to emulate cursive writing. She has filled numerous notebooks with them and can spend hours drawing an eloquent, rhythmic line that dances across her pages."

He began the work recently as a foray into the bold, direct manner of abstract expressionism. Smith says he is attracted to the metaphoric associations of Sarah's calligraphic drawings to words, just as words become transformed into visual images as one reads a script.

"Words are powerful, and in art it is how a message is communicated that makes it art," he said. "The gesture of a mark, the measure of a line, the undulating shapes and patterns created by a line intrigue me."

Smith explains that though he is attracted to the character of the calligraphy itself, or the way a story is told, many of his works inevitably go beyond the mere fascination of the marks and become more narrative with representations of images, in the same way associations are made from words.

"Of course, the greatest meaning to me is the fact that my kid does this kind of art. Frankly, I think she does it better than I do," he said.

Several of Smith's recent art commissions have included funding from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Teagle Foundation and the Appalachian College Association.

Smith earned a bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks and was awarded a full graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Mississippi. He completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He has been an assistant professor of art at Lindsey Wilson College since 1992.


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