John C. Hutcheson Gallery (Lipscomb University) / 1 University Park Dr., Beaman Library January 17 - March 15th
Brandon Donahue, Natalie Rose Eddings, Catherine Elizabeth, Jessica Gatlin, Le Marquee La Flora, Lawrence Matthews, Silas Vassar, Thaxton Abshalom Waters, D'Angelo Lovell Williams, Nubia Yasin
"Colour Somewhere" is curated by Lawrence Matthews. The title is inspired by the title of Danez Smith's poem "Summer Somewhere". The exhibition features multiple disciplines and generations of black artists based in and or from Tennessee.
About the Curator:
Born in Memphis, TN in 1991, Lawrence Matthews III was raised in a racially tense environment where his experiences and interests manifested themselves in his creative expression. After experimenting with different styles and influences, Matthews came into his own creating visual art combining Post Modern, Pop Art, and contemporary influences to tell the story of the displaced African living in America. His work ranges from oil paintings, to collage, photography, and ready-made sculpture, to music and film. A recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis, he has shown work in and curated multiple group exhibitions around the mid-south. He was awarded the Deans Creative Achievement Awardand Department of Art Creative Achievement Award in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Arts Accelerator Grant from Arts Memphis. Matthews has had many solo exhibitions spanning painting, photography, and installation including performances and exhibitions with the Brooks and Civil Rights Museum. Over the last two years Matthews has transitioned into curating and working in the nonprofit world providing opportunities for other black artists and becoming a community leader in the Memphis area.
image: D'Angelo Lovell Williams; courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures