By Chandler Condra, HPU junior
BROWNWOOD –September 25, 2014– Howard Payne University is exhibiting the work of Brownwood photographer Roger Levesque in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the Doakie Day Art Center. The exhibit, “A Retrospective of Fine Art Photography,” is available for viewing until November 21.
Levesque’s work focuses on the use of digital photography and manipulation to explore more artistic possibilities. His art has been featured in dozens of exhibits in recent years.
David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art, is excited to exhibit Levesque’s work.
“Mr. Levesque is a very talented artist and we’re honored to host his original work here at HPU,” said Harmon. “The students and community will benefit from this exhibition in seeing a range of work spanning more than 30 years. This is the intent of the retrospective exhibition, to reveal the artist’s visual journey in his medium of choice.”
Levesque’s work has won at several competitions both locally and nationally. In 2009, he became the first photographer to be awarded the title “Artist of the Year” by the Brownwood Art Association.
Levesque said the computer opens infinite possibilities to create works of art. The analog darkroom of the past has been replaced with the digital version on the computer with Photoshop and other related programs.
“The sheer numbers of galleries and museums now showing the works of digital photographers and a growing respect from colleagues and critics only adds to my belief in the possibilities of the medium,” he said.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (excluding school holidays) or by appointment. For more information about the show, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.
Photo cutline: Among the works featured in the Roger Levesque exhibit at HPU is “Tree Dancer,” photographed at the Grand Canyon in 2011.