WWU Professor, Student Exhibit Art in Poplar Bluff

A William Woods University art professor and one of his students are “Communicating the Majesty of the Natural World” through an art exhibit in Poplar Bluff.

The exhibit is part of a Mentor/Mentee project involving Terry Martin, professor of art, and senior Sarah Williams of Brookfield, Mo.

The exhibit at the Margaret Harwell Art Museum, 421 N. Main St., will be on display through March 26. An artist’s lecture and visual program will be held at 1 p.m. March 26.

The display reflects exploration, of media and methods, in a variety of media. Their artistic goal was to match certain media and methods with the diversity of wildlife and nature. The pieces of art displayed are selected from a larger body of work.

This is Williams’ third year doing the exhibit with Martin.

“Being involved in the Mentor/Mentee Program has given me wonderful opportunities to record how I see nature through exploration of materials and then to have them displayed for the public to see,” she said.

Martin has been participating in the Mentor/Mentee program for eight years.
He said he has become respectful of the potential of the students.

The artists hope that the citizens of Missouri appreciate the diversity of nature by use of collage, water coloring, printmaking, and painting media among others.

They have received several e-mails from people thanking them for their work in different exhibits, explaining how they valued the fact that the artists saw things in nature they never noticed.

“I think the Mentor/Mentee program is inspiring to faculty and students,” said Martin. “I hope it will continue and grow at WWU.”

After graduation Williams would like to get a master’s degree and ultimately become a college professor of art.

Margaret Harwell Art Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information, call (573) 686-8002.