FHU Art Professor to Lecture at Birmingham Library

JANUARY 27, 2014

Laquita Thomson, associate professor of fine arts at Freed-Hardeman University, will give a gallery talk and tour Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Central Branch of the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham. The event will begin at 3 p.m.

Thomson’s talk, titled “Alabama Mystic or Alabama Outsider: The Art of Lois Wilson,” will accompany the exhibit “Ladies, Gentlemen and Bazards: The Art of Lois Wilson.” The Wilson exhibit will be on display in the library’s fourth floor gallery though Feb. 21.

According to Thomson, “Lois Wilson, a highly-trained artist, lived on the edge of poverty in the 1960s and 1970s, and she gathered debris from the streets to make very unique art. Her last style before her death spoke to social issues such as ecology and conservation with humor.”

“She has been one of my research subjects for a long time,” Thomson adds. “This lecture will help to introduce her to the art community of Birmingham.” A couple of years ago, Thomson’s research was utilized in Treasures from the Rubble, a documentary about the work of Wilson. Film maker Alexandra Branyan, has referred to Thomson as “the most knowledgeable expert on Lois Wilson.”

Thomson, who teaches art and art history courses at FHU, is a published author and active artist. Her work has been exhibited widely for the past 35 years, showing at venues such as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Mississippi Museum of Art. Thomson has also been featured and reviewed in several publications.

The gallery talk and tour is free and open to the public.