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Chris Barnard Artist Lecture


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The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts will host Chris Barnard as an artist-in-residence in April. His current work, which will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery and William “Ed” Harmon Gallery, explores the fraught nature of whiteness and privilege, and the legacy of white supremacy.

Barnard will give an artist lecture on Wed., April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. A reception for his exhibit, titled “Armillaria,” will follow the lecture in the Blackberry Farm Gallery & William “Ed” Harmon Gallery. The events are free and open to the public.

While on campus, Barnard hopes to connect current Maryville College art and design students with various local groups engaged in work for racial justice. He plans to divide students into teams who use a community engagement model to explore/investigate the past, present and future of race relations in the region and to create collaborative, mixed media imagery derived from the research.

“We envision student teams partnering with Blount County United, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), the NAACP, and the Black Student Alliance (hopefully including Latino Student Alliance and Global Citizenship Organization participants),” said Dr. Carl Gombert, professor of art at Maryville College. “Each group will have chances to talk with members of the groups about the past, current issues, what work is being done, who is doing the work, and so on. From these conversations, student teams will identify subjects for portraits and other imagery. Together, they will create large scale drawn, painted, and collaged images highlighting the results of their research.”

Barnard earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Southern California. As an assistant professor of art at Connecticut College, Barnard teaches Concepts in Two Dimensions; Drawing Fundamentals; Introduction to Painting; Figurative Painting & the Politics of Representation; and Large Format Painting. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, and can be found in public and private collections nationally and internationally.