Ouachita Baptist University’s Department of Visual Arts will present guest artists Dennis McCann and Laura Terry in the Hammons Gallery’s final exhibit of the semester. The exhibit, “Landscape: Laura Terry and Dennis McCann,” will be displayed Nov. 16-Dec. 16.
“The exhibit brings together two artists whose paths have converged in regards to their chosen subject, landscape, and pastel, a material that both artists have frequently employed,” said Donnie Copeland, OBU assistant professor of visual arts. “In spite of this shared ground the work of these two artists could hardly be more different; Terry explores duality in nature through abstraction while McCann often deals with suburban settings in a straightforward and realistic manner. Even so, upon viewing these artists’ works, visitors are likely to find further common ground between these two artists despite their differences.”
Both artists will also present workshops on opening day, Wednesday, Nov. 16, and will be available for discussion at an 11 a.m. reception in Hammons Gallery. Terry will offer an illustrated presentation of her course as an artist and architect in Moses-Provine 203 at 8 a.m. McCann will offer a pastel basics workshop in Moses-Provine 202 at 1 p.m.
“People should consider taking part in a workshop where they have the opportunity to learn about and take part in art making for an afternoon or morning,” Copeland said.
He added that by offering such workshops, receptions and exhibits the Department of Visual Arts seeks to provide “the Ouachita community, its students, faculty and staff and the community beyond with first-rate experiences with living artists and artworks.”
McCann, a central Arkansas native, serves as a captain with the Little Rock Fire Department in the Community Outreach and Public Education Program. As an artist, he has received more than 40 awards and has been accepted into more than 160 regional and national juried exhibitions, including his tenth inclusion in the annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. His work appears in more than 100 private and corporate collections, and he has held 12 solo exhibitions. The recipient of a 2002 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, McCann is represented by the Arkansas Studies Institute Gallery in Little Rock and Gallery Central in Hot Springs, Ark.
Terry, a west-central Georgia native, serves as associate professor of architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from Auburn University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited nation-wide, with her most recent exhibit, “Natural Wonders,” being displayed at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. Terry is represented by Fresh Paint in Culver City, Calif., and Diane West Art in Durango, Colo., and her work is included in public and private collections internationally.
For more information, contact Donnie Copeland at email@example.com.
By Breanne Goodrum