“Perceptions of Being” Exhibit To Open in JBU Art Gallery

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 28, 2010) — The John Brown University Art Gallery will welcome “Perceptions of Being” with a reception on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 6:00 p.m-7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the art building. The exhibit runs until Feb. 28 and features paintings, painted collage constructions, and a number of works involving various printmaking techniques. The exhibit features selected works by Tony Tiger, interim art director and assistant professor of art at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., and Bobby C. Martin, JBU Visual Arts faculty member.

Tiger and Martin, both members of Native tribal groups, explore issues of identity and family in their artwork, fusing their beliefs with contemporary art forms. Although their work is stylistically different, they often complement each other in their approach and commentary on issues of personal identification and the importance of family history.

Tiger, a mixed media artist and painter, has been creating art for more than 20 years. His artwork has been exhibited in a number of states around the country.

Martin, who often finds inspiration from old family photographs, has had his artwork displayed in many exhibitions and museums including Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Southern Plains Indian Museum, the Philbrook Museum and the Gilcrease Museum.

The JBU Art Gallery is located in JBU’s art building on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Normal gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibits are free and open to the public.