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Feb. 15, 2005 -- Noted artist Murry N. DePillars will present a public lecture about his work at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Arkansas State University. The lecture is one of several events related to the exhibition "40 Years: The Art of Murry N. DePillars," opening at the Bradbury Gallery in the Fowler Center on Thursday, March 3.
DePillars was born in Chicago
in 1938. He earned a B.A. in art education and an M.A. in urban studies
from Roosevelt University and a Ph.D. in art education from Pennsylvania
State University. His paintings and drawings are empowered by a rich
intellect, a consciousness of his African heritage, and a recognition of
the potentials of art as an instrument of cultural education and social
DePillarsí later works are more
decorative and stylized, reflecting a creative exploration of traditional
African sculpture and textile design. In these works the visual suggests
the aural by evoking the improvisations, syncopations and multiple rhythms
associated with jazz.
A lifelong educator, DePillarsí academic achievements are highlighted by his tenure as Dean of the School of Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where, under his leadership from 1976-1995, the School of Arts earned both national and international recognition.
Co-presented by the Bradbury
Gallery and the Department of Art's Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture
Series, the lecture is admission-free and open to the public.
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