Curated by David Lusk, the Leu Art Gallery presents paintings, lithographs and drawings by the late Carroll Cloar April 2 – May 24 on the campus of Belmont University. The exhibit offers selections from the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee, and several Nashville area collectors.
A nationally recognized American painter, Cloar’s style has been described as simultaneously primitive and progressively modern. Drawing from his childhood memories of the American South, his compositions are grounded in reality but often evoke a dream-like quality making them difficult to categorize, but remarkable to contemplate. Belmont University previously hosted a Carroll Cloar exhibit, “Timeless Tales of the South,” in 2003.
Art historian and writer Dr. Richard Gruber will provide a guest lecture on Cloar at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in the Lila D. Bunch Multimedia Hall followed by a 5-7 p.m. reception in the Leu Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Gruber is active as an independent curator, art historian and writer, living in Asheville, North Carolina. He is also Director Emeritus of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, after serving as the Director of the Ogden Museum and a member of the University of New Orleans faculty from 1999-2010.
The Leu Art Gallery is located in the Lila D. Bunch Library on the campus of Belmont University. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-7 p.m. (with holiday exceptions). For more information and images of Carroll Cloar’s work, please visit http://davidluskgallery.com/artists/carroll.cloar/.
About the Belmont University Department of Art
Belmont University offers a wide variety of study options for students interested in the visual arts. The experienced faculty and well-equipped facilities help foster an environment where students are offered numerous opportunities to explore their creative talents. For more information, please visit their website www.belmont.edu/art.