Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Juried Into "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" at the Blanden Art Museum

"Passing Don's Old Place at First Light - Study"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison

2017 Artisans Road Trip Artist Bruce Morrison has been juried into the "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" exhibit at the Blanden Art Museum in Ft Dodge, Iowa.  The Oak Hill exhibit is a juried exibit, meaning artists must submit their work to be juried by an appointed juror each year.  This year's juror was Benjamin Gardner - Chair in the Department of Art & Design and a Professor of Art at Drake University.  

Morrison is a regional artist from rural Hartley; Bruce works in oils and drawing medium such as color pencil and graphite...he also works with photography, which was his major in art school at the University of Iowa where he earned a B.F.A with a double minor in painting and serigraphy (silkscreen printing).

The artist is know for his regional works involving the Tallgrass Prairie and it's flora and fauna as well as the landscape in the area in which he lives and works.  "I portray real locations and places in the landscape where I live and work and it gives me great pleasure exploring our "neighborhood" through the camera or on my is fun to hear viewers say they know where this or that place is and even throw in their own memories or history of the locale portrayed.

The oil painting juried into the exhibit is titled  "Passing Don's Old Place at First Light - Study" and depicts first light along a gravel road just minutes from the artist's studio.  Bruce's studio is located on their acreage overlooking the Waterman Creek valley - the studio being remodeled into a year-round working studio and gallery,  from an old brooding house/sheep barn built in the late 1920's.

The exhibit  "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" is available for free public viewing now and runs through July 8th, 2017.  Be sure and take in this exhibit and other beautiful exhibits at the Blanden Art Museum the next time you're in Ft Dodge!

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