FHU to Host Grooms Exhibition

The work of American artist Red Grooms will be on display in Freed-Hardeman University’s Troy Plunk Gallery Oct. 16-Nov. 16. The exhibition, done in conjunction with the West Tennessee Regional Art Center, is the centerpiece for this semester’s Connection Series, titled “Eureka! Creation and Hard Work.”

As part of the exhibit, Bill Hickerson, curator of the West Tennessee Regional Art Center, and Mark Hooper, curator of exhibits for the Tennessee State Museum and former assistant to and collaborator with Grooms, will visit campus Oct. 17 to make presentations in Ayers Auditorium at 5 p.m. A reception will follow the lectures in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery in Bulliner-Clayton Art Center.

The Grooms exhibition will feature six prints and three litho-sculptures from the Caldwell Collection at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center. Laquita Thomson, art teacher at FHU, describes Grooms’ style as “exuberant and humorous…dealing mainly with the urban environment.”

A native of Nashville, Grooms lives in New York City. His interests range from installations and film arts to more traditional painting, sculpture and printmaking. Grooms’ work has been displayed in major American art museums across the nation.

The exhibit, which is free to students, faculty and members of the community, may be seen during gallery hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day.