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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

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


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.