International arts center

Troy University’s Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and International Arts Center is the place where East meets West at Troy University. People of all ages come together to celebrate, to dance, to sing, to learn, to find inspiration and to experience the world in the beautiful Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. Inside the International Arts Center, the Fred “Nall” Hollis Museum features Nall’s works from the 1960s to today, and the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery houses a revolving gallery of art and visiting exhibits. The Warriors Unearthed exhibit by artist Frank Marquette interprets the history behind the famous terracotta warriors.

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Carl Gombert_Radiant Geometry

February 21 - April 16, 2020  
Reception April 16, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

"I love pattern; I love decoration, and I love sparkle. These hand stamped works rely on radial structure to explore complexity and pattern arising from the application of simple rules. They explore rotation and repetition as formal strategies and the patterns that emerge from the process. Taking the form of mandalas, they attempt to balance opposites, relying equally on dark and light and on positive and negative shapes. Although they appear highly planned, the works result from a largely improvisational approach. Combinations of images are not generally selected beforehand; rather the images begin in the center ad evolve intuitively as they grow larger. In the little world, there is symmetry and balance and order, but neither rhyme nor reason. "  –Carl Gombert

Carl Gombert was born in Brimfield, Ohio in 1959. He started taking painting lessons at the age of 14 with money he earned delivering newspapers. He completed a BFA in Drawing from the University of Akron and an MFA in Painting from Kent State University. He worked as a stagehand before earning a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at Texas Tech University. He has exhibited in more than 250 exhibitions across the US and abroad. His work is in numerous museum, collegiate and private collections. Since 1993 has taught painting, drawing, and art history at Maryville College in Tennessee. 

Carl Gombert artwork


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The mission of the IAC is to promote artistic enlightenment, cultural exchange and personal well-being for the Troy University community and beyond through University initiatives and collaborative partnerships, both local and international.


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Nall artwork displayed in the Nall Museum within the International Arts Center

Nall Museum

Nall, who was born in Troy, Alabama, in 1948, is a modern day Renaissance man who has created extraordinary works of art for 50 years living entirely from his art. A multi-talented fine artist, he has traveled the world studying diverse cultures and exploring art, architecture and indigenous craft. Although classically trained, Nall is not a conventional artist who follows tradition regarding use of media, style or subject. Recent retrospective exhibitions of Nall’s work were exhibited at the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida, Menton Museum of Art, Menton, France, the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the Museum of St. Augustine, Pietrasanta, Italy, and the National Arts Club, New York City. The artwork in the exhibitions included finely detailed drawings from his “Alice in Wonderland” series, remarkable botanical paintings and prints, complex mosaics, graphite portraits encased in elaborate frames, intricate line engravings and masterful watercolors. 

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