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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


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.