An exhibition celebrating the life and work of visual artist Matthew C. Baumgardner will be held Jan. 19 through Feb. 19 in the Thompson Gallery of the Roe Art Building at Furman University.
Presented by the school’s art department and curated by Furman art students, the exhibition “Grids and Glyphs” explores Baumgardner’s creative process and inner spirit through a selection of works spanning his career from 1977 to 2018. The exhibition will include 17 paintings, sculptures, notes and journals and materials from the artist’s Travelers Rest studio, according to a news release.
Central to the exhibition are paintings rendered on birch plywood with Baumgardner’s signature medium – “mud” – a thick, paint-like paste he applied to surfaces in multiple layers of grids and glyphs. This technique and the series of paintings born from it won him a Visual Arts Fellowship in Painting by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1993.
Born in Ohio in 1955, Baumgardner launched his professional career in the 1970s while studying under South Carolina artists Carl Blair, Emery Bopp and Darell Koons. In 1983, Baumgardner moved to New York City, where most of his work was created. He relocated in 2006 to Travelers Rest, where worked until his death in November 2018.
In-person viewing of the exhibition is limited to Furman students, faculty and staff. However, an online Zoom opening, which will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28, is free and open to the public. RSVP by email to the Furman Department of Art at [email protected] to obtain a Zoom link.
For more information, contact Diane Fischer at [email protected] or call 864-294-3107.