The greater Fayetteville area boasts several unique art venues that bring regional, national, and even international exhibits to our front door. Visitors might stumble across a temporary installation on a downtown street, find regional artwork on display in a studio or bookstore, or take in a renowned exhibit at a university gallery. Two such galleries are located at Fayetteville State University (FSU) and Methodist University (MU). As 2017 dawns, we are already anticipating many art exhibits on our calendar, but we are especially excited about the two photography exhibits coming to FSU and MU over the next month.
On January 9, Fayetteville State University will be unveiling The Body as a Photographic Narrative at the Rosenthal Gallery, located in the Rosenthal Building on FSU’s campus. One of the more exciting exhibits to be hosted in this space over the past year was Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, featuring graphic art created by Douglas during his time serving as Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party.
Now, Rosenthal’s upcoming exhibit is bringing to the university works by contemporary photographer Gray Lyons. The artist’s technique is that of cyanotope—a 19th century monochrome photographic printing process. Using the female body as subject matter, Lyons has created “narrative-based self-portraits, focusing on issues of identity.” This exhibit will remain on display to the public through February 11, 2017.
Housed in the William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts on MU’s campus, the David McCune International Art Gallery has the reputation of consistently bringing renowned fine art exhibits to Fayetteville. Last year was no exception with the celebrated exhibit Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime. On February 9, McCune’s intimate space will be transformed by Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography.
As artists were struggling to establish photography as “fine art” at the turn of the 20th century, Alfred Stieglitz became the leader of this artistic movement. The photographs featured in this exhibit show off the archetypal works created by the Pictorialist photographers that Stieglitz brought recognition to, but also the works that transitioned this art form from Pictorialism to Modernism. A reception will be held on opening night, and the exhibit will then remain on display to the public through April 8, 2017.
We would be remiss if we failed to mention The Art Gallery—located at Fayetteville Technical Community College—which is known to host rotating exhibits that feature local and regional artists. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) offers a wonderful resource in the Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail, for use when tracking down our many other galleries and more. Additionally, details on current and upcoming art exhibits, as well as other events, may be found on the FACVB’s Calendar of Events.