Photography Competition and Exhibit
August 9 - September 24, 2021
Exhibited in our Huo Bao Zhu Gallery, this international photography exhibition showcases some of the best work being done today in color, black-and-white, digitally altered, and alternative photographic processes. Sarah Kennel, curator of photography at Atlanta's High Museum, selected 67 images for the exhibit from 671 submitted photographs. Images came from 228 photographers representing 31 states and six countries outside of the United States.
The competition/exhibition began in 2018 by the "9," an informal group of Montgomery-area photographers working to showcase quality photography and increase public awareness of photography as an art form. In partnership with Montgomery's Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC's), the event has expanded dramatically, increasing interest from photographers in the U.S. and abroad.
This project has been made possible in part by Grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment on the Arts, a federal agency.
Spring 2021 Thesis Exhibition
May 5- July 16, 2021
The Department of Art and Design presents the Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring projects by the following students: Paul Wolfe, Jiaquin Guo, Aaron Wilson, Jordan Sides, Khalia Kennedy, JaBry Green, Madi Holmes, Hunter Gerard, Breanna McCray, Jacob Boyce, Dior Brown, John-Steven Carbone, Jeffrey Carlson, McKenzie Dailey, Kathryn Genetti, Hannah Hogan, Ashlen Jackson, Lamarquez Johnson.
Quarantine Walks | Micah Mermilliod
February 8 - July 7, 2021
"Since before mandatory curfews and stay at home orders were in place, I have always enjoyed going on long walks throughout my neighborhood. I would use these walks not just as a form of exercise, but also as a time of reflection. Now, in the time of COVID-19 and quarantines, my daily walks have become a sort of escape to help fill many of the voids which come with living in isolation. While on these walks I have noticed changes in my surrounding community, both positive and negative, which are directly related to the impact coronavirus has had on society. In these images I use art to document these changes." - Micah Mermilliod
Born in 1990 in Biloxi, Mississippi and currently residing in Mobile, Alabama, Micah Mermilliod creates work which often incorporates elements of collage, both in the mediums used and the ideas at play. He is most interested in adaptive changes that humans make, especially in an environment that is rapidly changing due to catalysts such as technology, socio-economic status, and environmental change. Micah received his BFA in photography from the University of South Alabama in 2015 and is currently working towards his MFA in photography and printmaking.
Learn more at www.micahmermilliod.com
Paul Wolfe | Life and Experience
On display January 25 - May 10, 2021
Troy University Student - BFA Photography
The nature of my work stems from a passion for innovative art. Innovation can be channeled through using modern techniques to imitate old masters while also rejecting the subconscious. Food has always been a large part my life; my mother and grandmother have always been the ones that have cooked for family gatherings. Through their actions I see food as a tool to unite people. Preparing food was a knowledge that my grandmother passed down to my mother, and art was a gift they both shared and passed to me.
My love and struggle with food are repeating themes in my work. My smashed food series was inspired both by my love for food and my interest in Scanography. I was experimenting with new ways to create work and created my smashed food works, using a scanner as both my canvas and camera.
The meaning of my work took time for even me to understand. My grandmother passed away in April of 2019. After her passing, I found myself crushed and confused and I feel that this brought my work to life. Subconsciously, smashing the food represented the loss of my grandmother. Smashing the various foods changed them visually, like her passing changed me. The visually distorted foods is a symbol of my life and childhood, forever changed.
Southern Vision: A Look at Art in Montgomery
February 17 - April 16, 2021
Guest curated by Madison Faile, TROY BFA Alumni and Montgomery artist.
On view in the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery, this exhibition features Montgomery artists: Nathaniel Allen, Mark Dauber, Russell Everett, Elana Hagler, Catherine Ross-McLemore, Duane Paxson, Sara Dismukes, George Taylor, John "Jake" Wagnon, and Clark Walker.
"This exhibition is a collection of work by artists from the river region of Montgomery, Alabama. Rooted in the representational tradition, these pieces show a distinct link to the past, as well as a contemporary outlook. This show is comprised of older and newer works all by professional working artists in Montgomery. As you process through the gallery, I want you to experience the breath of local history, as well as the strength of material, and a vision deeply rooted in the River Region soil."
- Madison Faile, Guest Curator
Duane Paxson | Mors Eloquentiae
August 9, 2020 - February 2, 2021
In 1986 during an interview on Crossfire, Frank Zappa defended the right of musicians to publish pornographic lyrics, reiterating the phrase “it’s only words.” Zappa maintained thereby that words have neither meaning nor influence, be it positive or negative. He further stated that politicians should no longer be subtle but rather blunt, even coarse in their discourse. He finally predicted that America was headed toward Fascism: Zappa “zapped” it. Fast forward to the presidential campaign of 2016, in which “trash” talk became the norm, and many began to fear the nation’s slip from democratic ideals.
Crafted of intricately welded steel, the works bear a dual significance. They are both megaphones, as though blaring empty words, and at the same time baby bottles, dispensing propaganda like liquids to be “sucked up” by innocent and unsuspecting citizens. The installation decries the current debasement of language in contemporary culture, but particularly in the political arena. I therefore title my work Mors Eloquentiae, Latin for the death of eloquence.
Faces of Vietnam
Contemporary Works from the Collection of Stephen Humphreys
October 23, 2020 - January 24, 2021
The Vietnamese believe that the face tells everything about the life and character of the person...they do not pay much attention to what you say but rather look at what you do and how you look. Same for the hands…face and hands tell all. - Stephen Humphreys
Faces of Vietnam is a collection curated by Stephen Humphreys, an attorney based in Athens, Georgia. His travels through Vietnam allowed him to accumulate an array of artwork primarily rising from the post-Đổi Mới (Reform) era of the 90s. This artwork emerged as Vietnam was struggling to reconstruct after decades of war. Emotions surged high among the population and art became a mechanism to express freely without constraints.
Featured in this exhibition are traditional Vietnamese woodblock prints, gouache on
Do paper and mosquito netting, and lacquer works inlaid with eggshell, sand, even
human hair, providing the experience of uniquely Vietnamese art forms. Themes range
in content from the minority tribeswomen of the remote highlands, to the scene of
the bombing of the Long Bien Bridge across the Red River to Hanoi.
The featured artists incorporate the traditional, while pushing the limits with a modern stroke, all while paying respect to their rich historical and cultural background.
Morgan Creech | Oceanic Contrast
August 1 - December 12, 2020
“Photography is a passion of mine for its ability to capture a moment within space and time which forces the viewer to give everyday objects the reverence they deserve. Mediums allow an artist to express themselves in multiple ways; however, none have drawn me to their expressiveness as much as photography. Over my college career, I have been taught multitudes of photography techniques, but film photography will always hold a sacred spot within my being. The ocean has always represented an ambiance of serenity to me, with the sacred aspect of film photography, it creates an environmental sanctuary for the mind. This sanctuary has always helped me through tough times in tribulations of family, school, friendships, and anything life tries to throw my way.” -Morgan Creech
Morgan is a southern born and raised artist and currently resides in Troy, Alabama. She will graduate in December of 2020 from Troy University with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design and a minor in photography. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in graphic design while continuing passion projects in photography.
Jahni | Notations of a Native Son
February 17 - October 11, 2020
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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Chelsey Williams | The Emancipation of Black Women
March 2 - September 29, 2020
Chelsey is a native of Miami Florida and currently resides locally in Troy, Alabama. She works as a commissioned artist with aspirations to further grow her presence within the local art community and on social media. Chelsey is passionate about the message she is expressing in her body of work and looks forward to exhibitions in galleries across the nation.
“My time spent at Troy University has definitely paved the way and helped me grow as an artist. I’ve learned many techniques and discovered new materials that I wasn’t privy to before and I’m very thankful for my time spent with the University. My preferred technique is to just go with the flow! I have never been one to plan out or sketch out an idea in full detail. Once I am touched by a simple thought I just put in on paper or canvas then I build upon the idea while simultaneously working on it. Essentially most of my art is a “gut feeling”. I mostly enjoy painting and drawing; the materials can vary depending on the mood and muse fairy, the only constant is gold leaf (I love the stuff!)."
This group of work art reflects the freedom from mental slavery of self-beauty of one’s own image as a black woman. Throughout history a black woman's features were seen as undesirable and something to not be proud of. This collection of work pays homage to the beauty that is the black woman.
Carl Gombert | Radiant Geometry
February 21 - July 20, 2020
"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.
SPRING 2020 THESIS EXHIBITION
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Artists on display:
Abigail Phillips - The Color of Movement
Ashley Ballard - What’s Your Sin?
Briana Borders - GoldenRefined
Clarence Wilson - COLORED
Erin Baum - The Green Veil
Finnegan Nelson - Transgender Representation in Film
Jamie Caple - How Costume Design Reinforces Character Attributes Through Semiotics
Jasmine Lester - Bringing Awareness to the Risks of Cosmetic Surgery
Laura Bess Sullivan - The Untold Stories
Layton Stainbrook - HELP
Mary-Gates Allen - Weightless
Shamario Ross - Absent Father
Tinatei Tunyan - Posy: An app for artists
Willie Brown - LACK OF IMPORTANCE
Wyatt S. Judy - Addressing the Approach to Developing a Brand
Chenghao Li Watercolors
Chenghao Li is a lecturer at Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Watercolor Association of Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, and a member of the Design Aesthetics Institute of Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology. He graduated from Qiqihar University in 2001. In 2006, he earned his Master degree from Leeds City University, in the United Kingdom, with a major in Contemporary Art Practice. In 2008 and 2014, he worked as a visiting scholar at the Confucius Institute at Troy University. He has been engaged in watercolor painting teaching and research for years.
From February 5 - 24, 2020, viewers can experience beautiful landscape watercolors of Tibetan countryside through the eyes of Chenghao and his journeys.
This exhibition is sponsored by Troy University's Confucius Institute. Questions can be directed to Austin Deal (334) 808-6544.
Senior Thesis Exhibition
December 2, 2019 - January 16, 2020
Artists on display:
Alexander McCurdy - Photography
Jamie Lotierzo - Graphic Degin
Kara Justice - 2D Studio
Chloe Lyle - Graphic Design
Annisty Thompson - Photography
Yifan Gu - Graphic Design
Madelyn Flanagan - Graphic Design
Larry Strickland: Sticks and Stones
November 7, 2019 - February 5, 2020
Larry Strickland was born in Florala, Alabama in 1948. He attended Troy State University upon completion of high school and was drafted into the Army as an Illustrator during the Vietnam War. After the war, Strickland chose to further his career in art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where he graduated at the top of his class. He later returned to Troy State to complete his degree in 1984. Strickland has shown extensively throughout the United States in solo and group exhibitions. His works have been acquired by a long list of art patrons and private collectors throughout the world. He’s had work accepted for the American Watercolor Society Exhibit in New York and has been accepted for exhibition in various shows such as The Jean Lake Memorial Art Show, The Greater New Orleans International Art Exhibit, and The Kentuck Festival.
Strickland sculpts primarily in weathered wood, using bone, copper, shell, deer horn and precious metals as symbolic accents. He’s also well-known for his whimsical cityscape paintings which focus on the old architecture of Southeastern cities. Strickland is also an artist of the written word, writing poetry that at times is inspired by his sculptures.
On the campus of Troy University, Strickland is known for his 9-foot-tall bronze Trojan Warrior sculpture which soars about the Academic Quad on campus, which was finished in 2004.
Strickland can be found working at his workshop, surrounded by driftwood and outdoor in-process sculptures, or in the Strickland Gallery in downtown Florala, where one can purchase or admire his art.
About Sticks and Stones
Driftwood, heart pine, bones and stones – what once was discarded by nature, a product of her elements and testament of power, is brought back to life by Larry Strickland through the form of sculpture.
Sticks and Stones features a collection of sculptures which are composed of materials Strickland has encountered in nature. His artistic vision co-exists with the ravages nature has dealt the materials, celebrating the materials’ motion and imperfection and incorporating them into the sculpture’s design. Strickland sees in each durable, dead piece of wood the representation of life’s cycle – birth, death, re-birth: it lives, dies, and is re-born in the vision of the artist.
Among Strickland’s many subjects one can find a larger than life horse, a Trojan and numerous angels in this exhibition. Also accompanying Strickland’s artwork is a series of poetry, which will be intertwined with the individual sculptures.
Mike Howard: Pivotal Moments in Alabama History
August 12 - October 20, 2019
Howard, born in 1944, grew up across the street from the local gambling and juke joints in Phenix City. He witnessed some of the most influential moments over the course of the Civil Rights Era during the 1950s and 1960s. This significant time of change in Alabama and America’s history involved a struggle against corruption, violence, and resulted in many deaths during the fight for racial equality.
The impact of growing up in a politically corrupted town that was reformed, while also witnessing significant civil rights strides, would later provide powerful subject matter for Howard’s art. His work lends itself to educating and reminding all viewers of the impact of these three events. It gives an opportunity for viewers to reflect on our continued battle today through the fight for equality of people of color, women, LGBQT, other minorities and disabled. Howard’s Phenix City series, Rosa Parks and Selma artworks serve as a reminder of pivotal moments that have helped us develop as a state and a country. They are reminders that depict lessons that are still relevant in today's social climate.
Endorsed and supported by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
Cultivating Conversations in Photography
June 3 - July 26, 2019
This exhibition celebrates the collaborative efforts of Montgomery photographer Elmore DeMott with Troy University's Advanced Photography Course.