Visual Arts Gallery features paintings by Marc Burnett Jan. 14-Feb. 28

Release Date: 12/21/2004. Expired: 2/28/2005

Marc L. Burnett describes his eclectic collection of paintings and sketches as a quilt created as he pieces together bits of his southern African-American heritage.

Several of his works will be displayed in Evolution of an Artist, a display in the Visual Arts Gallery of The Renaissance Center in Dickson Jan. 14-Feb. 28, incorporating the celebration of Black History Month.

An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. The exhibit and reception are free.

“Marc Burnett’s remarkable mastery of color seeps through his original paintings of the past century of African-American life,” said Curtis Southerland, curator for the Visual Arts Gallery. “The fine-inked lines mixed with broad watercolor and oil paint strokes define his style.”

The subjects, often personalities and memories from Burnett’s predominately African-American neighborhood in the foothills of East Tennessee, are characterized by intriguingly bland faces, but his ability to capture movement and mannerisms in the physique of his subjects clearly identifies each personality.

Burnett is vice president of Student Affairs at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, where he earned bachelor’s, master’s and specialist in education degrees and played on the Golden Eagles basketball team. While he has no formal art education, Burnett has been experimenting with painting techniques for several years.

His artwork is currently on display as Art & Images in Nashville’s Bellevue Center Mall. He has had exhibits at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, Columbia State University in Columbia, Tenn., and the Joan Derryberry Gallery at Tennessee Tech.

“Several of the works in his collection reflect Marcís curiosity of artform and painting styles,” Southerland said. “One painting in particular, Fusion, represents his dabbling with a form of Picasso-inspired abstractism. Two of the paintings, Cradle to Grave and The Embrace, are from his Mortal Coil collection that continues his study of modern abstract art.”

Come Unto Me is a very personal painting,” Burnett says of the work he created in the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. He says he created the piece “to express my anger, my sympathy, my hopelessness, but also my belief that God will carry us through in times of crises.”

In addition to the display at The Renaissance Center Jan. 14-Feb. 28, Burnett’s works will be on exhibit at Howard University in Washington D.C. in March and Motlow State University in Tullahoma in April.

For more information on Burnett’s Evolution of an Artist exhibit at The Renaissance Center, call Southerland at (615)740-5519. The Visual Arts Gallery is open 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and admission is always free.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

Visit the Visual Arts Gallery page for more about the gallery.

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