On view: 14-Mar-2018 23-Jun-2018
Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia
Curated by Enrico Mascelloni and Annemarie Sawkins, PhD
On view: 22-Mar-2018 21-Sep-2018
It's where we are: Intimate Portraits of my Hometown
By Leigh Buffington
(On view at the Monroe Regional Airport Gallery)
Leigh Buffington currently lives and paints in Monroe, Louisiana. In 2007 she received her BFA in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University. A significant influence has been a brief period of study in Paris, France in 2006. She primarily paints by building up layers using oil and cold wax medium on canvas, but also experiments using other mediums.
Leigh Buffington: Artist Statement
These paintings arise from a feeling of being changed by the sense of connection to something larger. Because I live where my family has lived for generations, I have a strong sense of history in my natural surroundings. I yearn for my work to evoke a feeling of contemplation and wonder. I strive for my paintings to be visually impactful and it is important for my message to have a connection to the spirit world.
The mind space that I’m in when I’m making art is not a world of words. It’s an experience. When I am painting I am more gestural. I am constantly searching to capture the essence or spirit of what I am looking at, like a visual poem. These paintings are intimate portraits of often-overlooked details of my hometown.
About the Alt Ex Program:
We are rolling out a public art initiative with the goal of putting more great arts entertainment and education front and center in Northeast Louisiana. Called Alt-Ex, short for Alternative Exhibitions, the initiative will feature pop up exhibitions, small-scale public art projects, and off-site artist demonstrations. Follow the Masur Museum of Art on Instagram @masurmuseum and on Facebook @masurmuseumofart for more information.