Martin Museum Host "Gallery Talk" with Warren Taylor

Feb. 20, 2009

by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's Martin Museum of Art will host "Dreams and Drifting," an exhibition by artist Warren Taylor Sunday, Feb. 22, through Thursday, Feb. 26. Taylor will present an informal "Gallery Talk" at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Martin Museum Gallery of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

Taylor received his master of fine arts degree from Ft. Hays State University in 1979. He has taught painting and watercolor classes at Midland College for more than 30 years and has received more than 250 exhibitions. Taylor was one of four American artists selected in the Winsor-Newton Millennium Competition to participate in exhibitions shown at St. James Palace in London, and latter shown in Stockholm and New York City. In 1999, Taylor received the Special Achievement Award from the Piper Foundation.

The exhibition on display, "Drifting Dreams," portrays Taylor's unique style, in which the mundane, everyday objects are juxtaposed within surreal works. In many of the pieces, Taylor refers to historical art work to create the surreal composition.

"Warren Taylor's command of the watercolor medium is remarkable," said Karin Gilliam, director of Baylor's Martin Museum of Art. "Multiple, transparent layers draw the viewer in and beckon them to discover what lies deeper and deeper below the surface. Each painting is an adventure."

The Martin Museum of Art has a permanent collection of approximately 1,150 pieces of art that have been donated to or bought by Baylor. The collection contains works by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Kathe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya and Edouard-Leon Cortes.

The Martin Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, as well as during evening and matinee performances of Baylor Theatre and during other special events held in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Admission to the museum is free.

For more information on the exhibition, the Gallery Talk or the museum, please contact Karin Gilliam at (254) 710-3609.

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