Jim Dukes near the beginning of his mural making process.
At the beginning of each semester we are honored to have an artist from the Trenholm Artists Guild create a unique work for our chalkboard and this semester is no exception. The Spring 2016 featured artist is Jim Dukes and his mural is the second in our Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series.
Dukes’ art is focused on the healing that its creation can bring. Faced with personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress, Dukes “chose the path of redefining his life through art.” In addition to working on his own artistic works he is also engaged in helping others to find a path to recovery through the visual arts. In 2016 he will be the Director of Healing Arts at the Big Barn Retreat, a non-profit that “provides a variety of free services for veterans and their families…with a focus on treating and coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Dukes creates his photography-based art using his Droid Maxx cell phone and free or low cost editing software. In his Artist Statement he writes, “My goal remains to inspire others in similar situations to choose any art outlet at their disposal and just start creating.”
Dukes’ mural will be on display in the Music Library through the end of Spring semester. A selection of his works are also currently being featured near the Music Library entrance. More information on Jim and his works can be found on his website at http://www.jjdphoto2art.com/.
No one says it better than Lewis Black: “I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.” Let us help you stay awake during finals week. Bring your own mug to the Music Library Dec. 7-11, 9 AM to 5 PM and we’ll provide the coffee.
Apparitions, Ink on Paper, Letita “Tish” Lowe
In continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild the Music Library is excited to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artists Letita “Tish” Lowe and Dawn Faber.
Italian trained contemporary realist Dr. Tish Lowe specializes in portraits, figural, and still life oil paintings. Nine of her works for ink on paper are being displayed in conjunction with the Southern Exposure concert featuring George Crumb’s Apparition being held on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the School of Music Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free.
Moon Shadows, Watercolor, Dawn Faber
Also on display are the abstract paintings of Dawn Faber which are described as being “rich with texture, color, movement, and warmth. Her displayed works are entitled Moon Shadows, Peace be with You, Garden Party, Fancy That I, Rhythms I, Rhythms II, Legacy, and Changes.
You asked and we listened! Thanks to a patron request, we now have two space heaters available to check out in the library.
Inquire at the checkout desk if you are feeling chilly.
Artist Tim Floyd with his Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 Triptych
In partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is proud to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artist and USC alum Tim Floyd.
Floyd‘s work “Listen” was displayed last fall in the Onomatopoetic Exhibit in conjunction with the North American premiere of Jesse Jones‘ “In Dulcet Tones” as part of the SOM’s Cornelia Freeman Concert Series. In addition to “Listen” six more of Floyd’s works are currently on display, including, most notably, his triptych inspired by Mahler’s 10th Symphony. This multi-canvas oil painting was created as a visual counterpart to the premiere of the Argento Chamber Ensemble‘s chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s 10th.
In his “Artist’s Statement” Floyd says that he was unfamiliar with Mahler’s 10th Symphony before beginning his work on these paintings, so he immersed himself in the music as well as the history of the man and the work in particular. Floyd writes, “While looking into this triptych, I hope you see Mahler’s baton and smell the air of a century ago. Although time may separate us, the human struggle is much the same. Man in need, expressing himself by filling the air with sounds or smearing oil and pigment on cloth.”
Classical Discrimination: Argento Chamber Ensemble, the first concert of Southern Exposure’s 2015-16 season, will be held in the SOM Recital Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:30PM. Works performed will include Jesse Jones’ ABRAXAS and the chamber arrangement of Mahler’s 10th Symphony. Stay for a post-concert conversation with Argento. Admission is free.
Dreams Denote Success by Lee Breuer
As part of the Music Library’s growing collaboration with the Trenholm Artists Guild (TAG), we are thrilled to introduce a new series of original art works entitled The Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series. As part of this series each semester a new original work will be created by a local artist on our stairwell chalkboard!
The series opening work, currently on display, was contributed by TAG member Lee Breuer and is entitled Dreams Denote Success. As a caption Breuer adds, “One must dream in order to achieve true success.” We are so excited to be hosting this one-of-a-kind work for the semester and hope you’ll stop by to see it in its entirety.
Blues Piano by Lee Breuer.
As part of our continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild, the Music Library is excited to have the art of West Columbia Artist, Lee Breuer, on display in the Music Library.
Breuer‘s influences are diverse, ranging from impressionists and post-impressionists Lautrec, Cezanne, and Van Gogh to the illustrations of Daumier and Dr. Seuss.
Six of his music themed works, including Blues Piano pictured to the left, can now be viewed near the Music Library entrance.
Additionally, he has created an original chalkboard work for us entitled “Dreams Denote Success.”
Unleashed, Acrylic on Canvas, by J. Michael McGuirt
The Music Library is excited to be partnering with the Trenholm Artists Guild to bring works by local artists to the library on a regular basis. Currently we are displaying the works of J. Michael McGuirt. Displays will be changed several times a semester so stop by and enjoy the art!
The music library would like to welcome back students and faculty for the Spring 2015 semester. We look forward to seeing you all around the library!
It’s the end of the semester and once again our blackboard is fully decorated. We here in the Music Library would like wish you all a safe and happy winter break and leave you with this picture of our beautiful blackboard with quotes contributed by many of you. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015!