Fall Exhibitions Open with a Wide Variety of Art

September 13, 2010
The Martin Museum of Art kicks off the fall semester with two exhibitions featuring some wildly diverse media. Gallery I hosts the colorful, contemporary sculpture of veteran artist Jerry Dodd. The sculptures are made of welded steel and painstakingly painted with eye-popping colors. They have evolved from an extended series of pieces and represent what Dodd calls urban totemic markers and signs.

Dodd was born in Michigan but taught sculpture, 3-D design, and drawing at several New York State universities and colleges during the ten following years. He was Professor of Art at Texas A&M University Commerce from 1977 until his retirement in 2006. At the same time, he has pursued his personal vision as a practicing studio artist. After moving to Commerce Texas, he has continued to be an active artist, accumulating a lengthy exhibition record in the state and region. His work is included in the Texas Sculpture Garden at the Hall Office Park in Frisco, Texas.

In addition to showing in New York and Texas, his work has been shown in San Diego, California; Pueblo, Colorado; Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and others.

Gallery II is an eclectic assemblage of artwork that represents the lineage of talented studio art faculty that has taught at Baylor. The John S. Belew Collection was established through the generous contribution of a single work by each artist on the 1990-91 studio faculty in the Baylor Department of Art. The tradition continues and artwork is added each time a new, full-time studio faculty member is hired. The collection, now containing 20 pieces, is a tribute to Dr. John S. Belew, former Dean of the Baylor College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, sprinkled throughout the exhibition are seven of the latest acquisitions for the Martin Museum of Art. Several are pieces the museum has purchased, such as "Warhead", by Texas sculptor Willie Ray Parish. But the majority are donations, including a large contemporary painting by the late San Antonio artist, Reginald Rowe. The painting was a donation to the museum from the AT&T Corporation.

The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Friday, and 12-5pm on Saturday. The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and all events are open to the public, unless specified. For more information call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.
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