Abraham Art Gallery Features Exhibit on the Importance of Water
February 16, 2012
With the continued focus on the importance of water, the Abraham Art Gallery has entered the conversation with its upcoming exhibit, “FLOW.” The show, which opens Feb. 18 and runs through March 30, takes an artistic look at the role water plays, whether that is as a recreational resource or a life-sustaining one, according to Dr. Candace Keller, curator for the Abraham Art Gallery, located on the campus of Wayland Baptist University in Plainview.
Keller explained that the show is broken into three themes: Water as Power, Water as Life Source and Water as Environmental Concern. The approximately 30 pieces of artwork that make up the exhibit are drawn from the collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The pieces, which span more than a century of work, include a Peter Hurd original, as well as great work by Wayne Theibaud, Nahum Tschacbasov, and Neil Welliver. They reflect various artistic approaches to the relevance of water, ranging from traditional landscape to abstract. Media include oils, watercolors, photographs and prints.
In addressing the relevance of the exhibit, Keller pointed out that water is on the minds of most residents of the High Plains.
“It’s always interesting to have an art museum collection organized around a central theme. The subject of access to water and its conservation has become a critical topic in our regional dialogue, and this exhibit speaks to these environmental concerns,” she said.
Keller also explained that the exhibit will feature a DVD installation piece with a film on global water issues, presenting a wide range of cultural attitudes which may be shown to class groups.
“The gallery will also have related books and materials which will be available for teachers to use with their students touring the exhibit,” she said, adding that there will be gallery talks scheduled as part of Wayland’s campus-wide green initiative.
The exhibition is supported by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-American Art
Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small-
and midsized communities every year. The show is funded, in part, by the National
Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call the Abraham Gallery at 806-291-3710.