‘Liminal’ exhibit featuring paintings by Sara Dismukes opens at International Arts Center

The exhibit

The exhibit "Liminal," which features recent paintings by TROY Art & Design Associate Professor Sara Dismukes, will be on display through Aug. 22.

Artwork by Sara Dismukes, Associate Professor of Art and Design, is featured in a new exhibit at Troy University’s International Arts Center.

The exhibit, “Liminal,” is currently on display and will run through Aug. 22. A closing reception will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 22, and an artist talk with Dismukes and TROY Lecturer Dr. Kenyon Holder will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.

“We’re excited to showcase the artwork of Sara Dismukes, a dedicated professor of Art & Design at TROY for 18 years,” said Carrie Jaxon, IAC Director and Curator. “Through her paintings and cyanotypes, she captures elements that often escape our notice, prompting reflection on their passage of time, the changing economy, and deterioration by nature. Many visitors will recognize these forgotten and weathered signs and landmarks that line the stretch of High 231 between Troy and Montgomery. This exhibition invites viewers to reconsider the insight found in the in-between moments, the neglected, and the forgotten reflections of the economy and our past.”

Dismukes said she is influenced by the legacy of landscape painting.

“We all move back and forth between public and private spaces,” she said. “Rather than call attention to the origin or the destination, I pay attention to what is found along the way. I am compelled by the social mediation of landscape, and how desire and disregard are manifested in objects and spaces over time. I am influenced by the legacy of landscape painting, of Manifest Destiny, and its current expression in our built and natural environment. My work celebrates the things we pass by, often unnoticed, while moving about our day.”

She also says she draws inspiration from patterns and structures found in nature.

“Close observation of the patterns and structures in nature, as well as the rhythm of its seasonal cycles, is an enthusiasm and an influence,” she said. “I see tenacity and resilience within these systems and feel deeply connected to them. There are relationships to environment and climate, globalization, economic collapse, among other contemporary issues of both public and private concern.”

Opened in 2016, the IAC is located at 158 International Blvd. on the Troy Campus, adjacent to the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. The IAC can be visited Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Access to the park and the 200 Terracotta Warrior display is available seven days a week.