Guest artist Richard Cummings will be the final artist to be featured this semester in Ouachita Baptist University’s Hammons Gallery. His series, “Bits of Redemption,” will be displayed Nov. 22-Dec. 15.
“We have chosen to have Richard exhibit at this time because he is the last installment in a series of exhibits focused on either assemblage, graphic design or a combination of the two,” said Donnie Copeland, OBU assistant professor of visual arts.
“Cummings makes collecting and reusing – or as he calls it ‘redeeming’ – the subject of his works,” Copeland added. “The act of piecing together parts which have nothing in common other than their collective status as rubbish and debris is a symbolic gesture of reinvesting worth in the substance of both our and nature’s past.”
“His rhetoric is also religious in temperament,” Copeland noted. “He extends the meaning of his intended metaphor to the Christian idea of redemption.”
Cummings is a professional artist and designer and serves as associate professor of art at the College of the Ozarks. He is also the director of the College of the Ozarks’ Boger Gallery. Cummings specializes in designing for non-profits and has been featured in Christianity Today online.
Ouachita’s series of exhibits focusing on found objects and graphic design has also included work by three well-known logo designers, Rolando Murillo, Tom Nynas and Brian Owens, and most recently of artist Matthew Tullis.
Cummings will speak to classes at 9 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 22 in room 203 of Moses-Provine building on Ouachita’s campus. Visitors are welcome. For more information on the upcoming exhibit, contact Donnie Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lori Hilburn