Art Exhibit Features Works by Texas Painters

Feb. 25, 1998

An art exhibit with works by Texans Michael Collins and Michael Kennaugh will be on display through March 31 at the University Art Gallery in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building on the Baylor campus. The exhibit's 20 paintings make readily apparent the contrasting styles of the two artists.

"These artists are diametrically opposed in their methods of painting," said Paul McCoy, director of the University Art Gallery and associate professor of art.

The six large paintings by Collins, who is studying for his master's degree at SMU, are highly abstract but representational in subject matter. Physical in construction, the pieces feature lush, intense color that fills the entire canvas. "Collins' paintings are psychologically weighty and have a tremendous amount of power," said McCoy.

In contrast, Kennaugh's 14 pieces on exhibit are non-representational, esoteric paintings that feature very little paint on the exposed canvas. Kennaugh's paintings are on loan from the Sally Sprout Gallery in Houston.

"This is a very challenging exhibition," said McCoy. "If people will give it some time and put some thought into what they are seeing, they will end up having their brains stretched."

The Collins and Kennaugh exhibit is free and open to the public. The University Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and during evening and matinee theater performances.

For more information, contact the Baylor department of art at 710-1867.

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