Dennis Harper, an artist currently based in Auburn, Ala., will open a solo exhibition at Freed-Hardeman University’s Bulliner-Clayton Visual Arts Center. The show is titled “Eggs, Milk, Silver, Graphite.” The artist talk, set for 5-7 p.m., March 10, will feature a demonstration of how to make egg tempera.
Harper’s works are autobiographical with elements of fantasy. The title of this show refers to the media he uses for the art. This show will include works done with silverpoint and graphite and paintings done with egg tempera and milk casein paint. Egg tempera is made from raw eggs and powdered pigment. It is a technique that dates back to the Renaissance.
Harper received a B.A. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1978 and an M.F.A. from the University of Georgia in 1992. Following his graduate study, Harper taught at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art. He has taught a number of disciplines of art throughout his career, including painting, drawing and intaglio printmaking. Since 2008, Harper has served as the curator of collections and exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Harper was also a featured artist in the Southern Edition of New American Paintings in 2007.
The show will run through April 8, 2011, in The Troy Plunk Gallery. For more information, please call 731-989-6079.