Renowned painter, scientist, educator and civil rights activist Dr. Art Bacon will discuss his new exhibit at Troy University’s International Arts Center on Feb. 27.
Bacon’s Gallery Talk takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the center, which will display his work through April 23.
Bacon will discuss his art and inspiration, followed by a question-and-answer session.
“Dr. Bacon’s art is captivating due to his fascinating subjects as well as the vibrant use of colors and texture,” said IAC Curator Carrie Jaxon. “His work provides a beautiful dialogue on African-American culture through his visualization of striking subjects and stories. His Gallery Talk will be a wonderful opportunity to hear firsthand what this scientist, civil rights activist and artist has to say about his artistic journey.”
While he is known for discovering a new species of protozoa and serving as dean to the science department at Talladega College during his 40-year tenure, Bacon says his passion is art. In 2008, he left the academic world to pursue his art full time. He is currently artist in residence at Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega and does lecture demonstrations upon request. His work can be found in numerous art collections, including the Birmingham Museum of Art, David C. Driskell Center, Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama State University, Fisk University, New York University, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and in the private collection of Rep. John Lewis.
Notable awards include the Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches in 2012, keys to several cities including Birmingham and Talladega, and the Realizing the Dream Mountaintop Award in 2015. His work has appeared in Southern Living Magazine as well as the book “Visions of our 44th President,” showcasing a piece on President Barack Obama.
People are Bacon’s subject of choice, especially older and neglected people whose experiences show in their faces.