BOUND FOR GLORY by Timothy Botts - Celebrates the gift of African American spirituals through expressive calligraphy
Open: October 2 - October 31
Botts says about this collection, “With this new body of work, I want to celebrate the incredible gift of music that African Americans gave to the church and to the whole world. It is especially amazing that these people, many of them enslaved by Christians, saw beyond their owners’ hypocrisy and met the real Jesus. I believe it is an example of how God can take our deepest pain and, in response to our faith, create something beautiful. It is my desire for the visual interpretations of this spirit-filled music to be instruments of healing and reconciliation among us.”
“You may notice influences from both traditional American quilts and the wonderful quilts of Gee’s Bend in Alabama. I have been inspired by traditional African art and writing systems as well as by the best of urban graffiti. I hope that my use of color and movement in these pieces helps you feel both the pathos and joy of the music.”
Charles Peer, Gallery Director for the university, said. “John Brown University is very honored to have an artist of such international stature exhibit his work here and to come to campus to share with our community. Botts’ work is bold, expressive, very thought provoking. The colors, familiar lyrics, textures, letter forms and word placements all come together to create the kind of artwork you want to stay with awhile so its meaning can soak in. There is a lot there to ‘unpack,’ making it a very interesting body of work.” Peer adds, “Ten years ago when we dedicated our Windgate Visual Arts West building we asked Timothy Botts to be our guest artist and exhibit his work as our inaugural exhibition. At that time, we also commissioned a special piece for our new building. That artwork, based on Palm 90, still hangs in our lobby and is a centerpiece for our university’s Permanent Fine Arts Collection.”
Jeannie Abbott, administrative assistant in the Visual Arts Department, said, “We would love to have individuals, church groups or art groups visit the gallery. If they cannot come during our regular hours, they may contact me and we will make special arrangements as needed.”
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday 2-4 p.m.
Windgate Visual Arts West
The ground floor of the Windgate Visual Arts West building houses a generous gallery room, capable of hosting a variety of shows. The lighting is perfect and the open space creates a great environment for receptions held at the opening of all new galleries (always including great food!). John Brown University has a wide variety of amazing artists in the upcoming gallery shows, and has hosted prominent shows such as Tim Ernst, the St. John's Bible, and Makoto Fujimura. The gallery also hosts many of John Brown University's finest local artists, faculty and students. We also have added a Student Gallery in our second building: Windgate Visual Arts East (right next door). This will feature the work of JBU students in solo and collaborative shows.