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HPU exhibiting “Contemporary Vanitas,” artwork by David E. Harmon

Vanitas photo with David Harmon for webBROWNWOOD – October 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is exhibiting “Contemporary Vanitas,” pastel still-life drawings by David E. Harmon, department chair and professor of art. The exhibition is open now through November 3 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery will be open extended hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout HPU’s Homecoming weekend, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3.

Vanitas is a genre of still-life painting, popular in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. Harmon’s modern vanitas have been created from a Christian perspective, drawn from his experiences, favorite Bible verses and thoughts about life.

“Most of the works were created out of my personal experiences, but I encourage viewers to take the time for self-reflection and ponder what the drawings may mean to their own lives,” he said.

For more information about the exhibition, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. A complete list of Homecoming 2018 activities is located at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art, poses with artwork from his “Contemporary Vanitas” exhibition. Photo by Katie Cravey, HPU junior.

HPU’s Drew McNeill to present senior art exhibition through May 4

 

McNeill 1BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Drew McNeill, from Brownwood, will present his senior art major exhibition through May 4 at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

In 1997, McNeill began his higher-education journey at Baylor University in Waco and returned to that same university in 2015. Following in the footsteps of his mother, Connie Drew McNeill – a 1978 HPU graduate, he transferred to HPU. After taking a single art class at HPU, McNeill decided that art was the path for him. He is on track to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art.

“The work in this exhibition is a comprehensive visual journey toward the attainment of my Bachelor of Science degree in studio art,” said McNeill. “All of the art works were created from several studio art classes I have taken since spring 2016. There is decisive progression to the work done in numerous media or art forms. One art class builds into another with two- and three-dimensional visual explorations.”

McNeill 2David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art, commented that McNeill has made many educational strides since transferring to HPU.

“His openness to learning and experimentation is a testament to the background and life skills that he utilized in his coursework in both art and other HPU courses,” said Harmon. “His current senior comprehensive exhibition demonstrates this commitment.”

McNeill said his growth and success as an artist can be attributed to his art professors, David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art; Susan Harmon, adjunct faculty of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct faculty of art (photography).

“I appreciate the opportunity to exhibit my work in this public venue,” said McNeill. “Without the guidance of the art faculty, I would not have grown as an artist as quickly as I did. I am grateful to HPU for providing me this opportunity to return to school and complete my education as a non-traditional student. It is truly a place where students can find themselves and explore the possibilities that higher education can provide.”

The Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, is open on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.
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Cutline: 1. Artwork by HPU student, Drew McNeill of Brownwood, is on display through May 4 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the Doakie Art Center on the HPU campus.
2. Drew McNeill’s artwork on display includes a wide range of media and subject matter.

HPU hosts art show by four Waco artists

Art Show Photo 2 Art Show photo 1BROWNWOOD – January 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art show through February 27 titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms.” The exhibit is available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on the university’s campus. There is no cost to view this exhibit.

“The work in this exhibition is comprised of four Waco-based artists who all studied visual art at Baylor University,” said David Harmon, professor and chair of the Department of Art. “Each artist brings her unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms in various art media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.”

Featured works of art in the exhibit are by artists Kim Abercrombie, Katherine Makowsky, Jennifer Seo and Trisstah Wagstaff.

According to Abercrombie, her work, a lithograph titled “Flower Study #4,” is a visual interpretation and documentation of the familiar. She captures reflections of the past and present and takes in what draws her to nature by bringing it to the canvas.

Makowsky, a native of Waco, was trained as a printmaker but says her artistic influences derive from a wide variety of mediums in nature. Her featured work is graphite on Mylar and paper and titled “Forest Track I.” Makowsky’s says her art seeks to uphold the classical ideals of goodness, truth and beauty and is inspired by local and familiar landscapes.

Seo is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of Texas-San Antonio. She says her artwork, including her exhibited acrylic and charcoal work titled “Sanctum,” is based in personal memories to explore the cognitive process of an experience becoming a memory and how those memories are built into self-perception.

Wagstaff is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She says her acrylic on canvas painting titled “The Kind Storm” explores how people are affected by beauty and how that beauty is found and experienced even through deep loss and sadness. She says her paintings also acknowledge hope as something sacred and spiritual.

“We are pleased to have these artists exhibit their artwork here at HPU and encourage the public to come view each of the pieces,” said Harmon. “Information on each of the artists’ inspirations and works will be available at the exhibit.”

The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and is closed on weekends. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

All inquiries may be directed to Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Photo 1: HPU’s Department of Art will feature the works of four Waco-based artists who each bring unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms.
Photo 2: Available for viewing through February 27, HPU’s art show titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms” features artwork in various media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.

HPU art faculty members exhibit work, publish article

Of Jimmy for webBROWNWOOD – November 10, 2017 – Works by Howard Payne University’s David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, and his wife, Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art, are available for viewing in a variety of locations this month with exhibitions in Temple, Austin and Brownwood and an article published in the “International Journal of Arts and Humanities.”

The couple has a two-person exhibition of their paintings at the Saulsbury Gallery of the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, open to the public through November 15. In conjunction with the Temple exhibition, the couple recently held a combination lecture and workshop in watercolor with 35 people in attendance.

The Harmons’ works are also featured in a group exhibition at the Austin Artists Gallery throughout the month of November.

The paintings of Susan Harmon are on exhibit in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through December 1. The exhibition consists of large-format abstract paintings based on her study of tragic events during the 21st century. She has extensively exhibited her work both domestically and internationally with recent gallery and museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe. HPU’s gallery hours are Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Her work is full of expressive painterly marks with the goal of providing healing amidst tragic circumstances,” said David Harmon.

David Harmon was recently notified that his article, titled “Modernism and the Machine,” will be published in the November issue of the “International Journal of Arts and Humanities.”

For more information please contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or via e-mail at dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: The artwork of Susan Harmon is on display in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through December 1. Pictured is a painting titled “Of Jimmy.”

HPU hosts Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit

Self-Curated 2BROWNWOOD – September 29, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit” through Friday, October 27. This free exhibit is open to the public and available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

The art exhibit, by members of the Brownwood Art Association, features works of art including photography, acrylic and oil paintings, and pencil and watercolor sketches.

“The Brownwood Art Association is a wonderful group of local artists who have ‘The Art Spirit,’” said David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art. “In 2013, we hosted a self-curated exhibition that involved the artists’ selections of their best works and have decided to repeat the process with this exhibit. I am sure everyone will be delighted to see the best of local Brownwood visual talent.”

The exhibit will be open to the public on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit” through Friday, October 27.

Works of HPU art faculty exhibited at United States Air Force Academy

Harmon exhibit photoBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – The recent paintings of Howard Payne University art faculty David and Susan Harmon are on exhibition at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, through April 26. Titled “Painterly Expressions of an Artistic Couple,” the exhibition is located in the Permanent Professors Art Gallery on the third floor of the Academy’s Fairchild Hall.

Though the painters have entirely different approaches to their art, the exhibition displays unity and a holistic environment in a single venue.

Two large canvases by Susan Harmon, HPU adjunct art faculty member, cover more than 17 feet on each side of the gallery walls and zig-zag high and low because the canvas pieces were sewn together in irregular sections. Just the shapes themselves are interesting, but with color the walls pop and attract passersby into the gallery to see more.

Once inside, viewers experience smaller works created by David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. Eighteen square panels spiral and rotate with abstract thick slashes of blue tones. The pieces hang in a variety of heights to exaggerate the overall effect.

David Harmon earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Pennsylvania State University. Susan Harmon earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Georgia Southern University. Both have participated in long lists of juried, invitational and solo exhibits, including many international venues. Each has a solid reputation based on many excellent conference presentations as well as notable residencies, special events and publications.

“The exhibit not only highlights painterly expressions of an artistic couple, but emphasizes two professional career paths woven together to facilitate a strong collaborative project,” said Pam Aloisa, professor of art and gallery director at the United States Air Force Academy.

For more information, contact Aloisa at 719-322-8244 or by e-mail at pam.aloisa@usafa.edu.

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Cutline: Paintings by HPU art faculty David and Susan Harmon are on exhibition at the United States Air Force Academy through April 26.

HPU hosting juried student art exhibition through March 20

student juried art exhibitionBROWNWOOD – March 3, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is hosting “Best of 2016-2017: A Juried Student Exhibition” through March 20 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. The exhibition features more than 50 works of art by 18 students.

Curating the exhibition were HPU art faculty members Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; and David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art. Featured artworks include mixed media, felt weavings, collages, ink on paper, screen prints, charcoals, ceramics and more.

Students who won awards for their art are Travis Adams, junior from Brownwood; Christy Ash, senior from Brownwood; Colby Compton, senior from Early; Lydia Conrad, junior from Brownwood; Kaeli Goodgion, junior from Comanche; Ally Henry, freshman from Canyon Lake; Cecily McIlwain, sophomore from Dayton; Drew McNeill, senior from Brownwood; and Corey Ross, freshman from Navasota.

Additional student artists featured in the show are Ryan Adams, junior from Brownwood; Keith Baker, freshman from Houston; Joy Hall, freshman from Fort Stockton; Caelob Hardman, sophomore from San Saba; Sheena Nalley, freshman from Rochelle; Amy Pitman, communications assistant/web editor and student from Zephyr; Tiffani San Miguel, senior from Burleson; Doris Walton, senior from Weesatche; and Trey Weidner, freshman from Cedar Park.

David Hill, assistant professor of art at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, served as juror for the exhibition. He called jurying an art exhibition a rewarding yet challenging task.

“How does one select any individual artwork over another, especially given the often subjective qualities and intensely personal act of making art?” he asked. “It can take courage for an artist to submit work to be judged in a competition, so I want to acknowledge that fact and congratulate all the students who have work included in the exhibit.”

In examining each artwork, Hill looked for evidence of technical skill and craftsmanship with the chosen media as well as an understanding of composition and the formal elements and principles of making art.

“Having narrowed down my selection, I then looked for artwork that resonated with me, whether it be with content, creativity or an exceptional use of materials,” he said. “I want to congratulate all the winners and encourage all of the students to continue to pursue their art.”

The gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be closed for the university’s Spring Break, March 13-17. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. All inquiries may be directed to Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Department of Art is hosting “Best of 2016-2017: A Juried Student Exhibition” through March 20.

HPU extends call for entries for “I-10 Two” contemporary juried-art exhibition

I-10 Two logoBROWNWOOD – February 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art has extended a call for entries for its upcoming juried-art exhibition, “I-10 Two: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Two-Dimensional Art.” Artists may enter up to three pieces of art and entries will be accepted through March 20.

This exhibition is open to all living U.S. contemporary artists residing above and below Interstate 10, the southernmost transcontinental highway ranging from San Diego, California, through several states including Texas and onward to the east in Jacksonville, Florida. Submissions of all 2-d art forms in abstract, non-representational/non-objective and realist imagery will be considered.

The exhibition’s organizer, David Harmon, chair and professor of art, shared his thoughts on the event.

“HPU’s Department of Art is excited to provide this exhibition for a second time – this time in the spring semester,” Harmon said. “We hope to have a large variety of contemporary 2-d artwork entries from all over the area and around the country. This is a great opportunity for the university, those entering artwork and patrons who will visit the exhibit. Art is a wonderful thing.”

The exhibition will be held March 29 through May 5 at the Doakie Day Art Center, located on the HPU campus on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. The gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please visit www.hputx.edu/i10artexhibit for further information including entry guidelines. Direct all inquiries to David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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HPU exhibiting sculptures of David Hill

David Hill sculptureBROWNWOOD – November 14, 2016 – Howard Payne University is exhibiting “Whole,” the sculptures of David Hill, through Friday, December 2, in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“David’s ceramic works in this exhibition are very sophisticated,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. “They speak of our human condition as broken vessels, a metaphor of human pain and suffering in need of Christ’s healing which makes us whole.”

Hill was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and raised by missionaries. His artwork focuses on and is inspired by his Christian faith. In 2005, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, and, in 2010, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Before going to graduate school, Hill worked as a production potter at The Mark of the Potter, a pottery store in the mountains of northern Georgia. As a result of his studies and work experience, he was able to gain an expertise in a wide range of ceramic and sculptural methods.

Hill has exhibited nationally and internationally, at events such as the Workhouse Clay National 2011 Juried Exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, as well as the Medalta International Cup Show 2013 in Alberta, Canada. He currently serves as assistant professor of art at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

Hand-built ceramic coiling technique is present in Hill’s sculptural works, said Harmon, with themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs such as Jim Elliot and Nathan Dabak.

“The holes we see in the sculpture can be made ‘Whole,’ hence the title of this exhibition,” Harmon said.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information about the exhibition, contact David Harmon at (325) 649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU is exhibiting the sculptures of David Hill. Hill’s artwork features themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs and those who exhibit the spirit of martyrdom such as this sculpture of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego).

HPU hosting exhibition featuring work of Brownwood Art Association Photo Group

BAAPG exhibitionBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group. The exhibition is free to the public and is being held in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Exhibition hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays through May 6.

The Brownwood Art Association Photo Group is an informal organization consisting of members who are interested in photography as well as promoting the visual arts in the community. The exhibition titled “Beauty through the Eyes of a Photographer…A Journey in Print” features all experience levels of work from the photo group. The group expects to have 52 photographs representing 13 different photographers. The photos on exhibition will vary and should be of interest to all who attend.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

For more information, contact David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at (325) 649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group through Friday, May 6.