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.Visit the International Arts Center
Jahni | Notations of a Native Son
February 17 - June 20, 2020
Reception on March 19 has been canceled. Please stay tuned for a new date.
John “Jahni” Moore is a southern-born artist who often uses figuration to navigate
the dark/obscure spaces of humanity. His work explores those spaces with the intention
to serve as a path to identity through self-awareness and social positioning. His
process emerges as paintings, drawings, assemblage, writing, and installation.
Jahni received his Bachelor of Science in Art, and Master in Art Education from Alabama A&M University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago.
He currently resides in Huntsville, where he creates art and works as an instructor at Lee High Art Magnet School. His experience in arts education encompasses fifteen years among a variety of age groups, including primary schools, as well as Alabama A&M University and Oakwood University, Huntsville. He has been nominated twice to serve as an American Ambassador of Art to Colombia, South America, where he created murals, conducted lectures and gave presentations which focused on using art as a tool for social change, addressing the issue of violence and social justice.
Exhibitions that have featured Jahni’s work include: New Orleans African American Museum; Lowe Mill Gallery, Huntsville; Sullivan Gallery, Chicago; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; Heritage House Museum, Talladega; Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery; Alabama State Council on the Arts, Montgomery; Laxart, Los Angeles; Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, Birmingham; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Antioquia, South America, among others.
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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, 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.Learn More