“Textual Portraits: Envisioning Social Heritage” Next Art Exhibit


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“Beauty of the Mind” by Leslie Nichols

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (January 31, 2012) - The artwork of Kentucky artist Leslie Nichols will be on display in the upcoming exhibit titled “Textual Portraits: Envisioning Social Heritage” in the JBU Art Gallery.  The show will open with a reception on Thursday, Feb 2. from 6-7:30 p.m. and will feature a gallery talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m.

“We are excited to present the artwork of Nichols on the JBU campus,” said Charles Peer, director of the JBU Visual Arts Department Gallery. “She brings together elements of art that we rarely think of as compatible: typography, printmaking, drawing, realistic portraits, in such a way that the sum is far greater than the parts. A clear sense of personality is evident in each of the portraits through the poses, the strong compositions and the delicate handling of the materials.”

Ms. Nichols’ is the recipient of numerous awards including honors from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council and the President’s Purchase Award at the 2010 Delta National Small Print Exhibition in Little Rock, Ark. Her work will also be included in Manifest Press’s forthcoming publication the International Drawing Annual 6.

The exhibit will be on display Feb. 3-24. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. or by special arrangement. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For further information you may contact the JBU Department of Visual Arts at 479-238-8561.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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