GREENVILLE, Miss–The Greenville Arts Council announces the opening of the first exhibit of the 2013 year in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery. The Art of Rick Anderson opens on January 11 and will remain up until February 22, 2013. This exhibit is sponsored by Infinite Concepts. The Roger D. Malkin Gallery is open from 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday and is free of charge.
This exhibit showcases the work of Rick Anderson. Rick Anderson is a nationally acclaimed artist whose career has spanned more than 40 years. A native of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta, he nurtured a passion for art from an early age. In imitation of his older brother, he could be found drawing most everywhere he went. He fondly remembers his Mom once telling him not to draw during church.
Rick began preparing for his career at a state junior college and then continued his education at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, where he earned an undergraduate art degree and a Master of Arts Education degree. He began his twenty-five year teaching career in 1970, while simultaneously working as a professional artist. Over the course of his career in the Mississippi public educational system, Rick has taught art at every level from elementary school through university classes. Rick was also an adjunct art instructor at Mississippi College.
Rick received his first art award at the Gum Tree Festival in Tupelo, MS in 1975. Since then, he has received over 150 awards in local, regional, and national art competitions. Today his work can be found in both private and corporate collections. In recent years, Rick’s artistic talent has found a new outlet in the illustration of children’s books. The first of nine books was published in 2003 by Sleeping Bear Press.
Rick’s motivation to create his art is self-induced, and his passion to paint is endless. Instilling a love of art in Mississippi’s school children continues to be a passion for Rick. He visits multiple schools not only in Mississippi, but throughout the US connecting children with art.
“My paintings express a passion of visual achievement through images, symbols, compositions and elements stemming from experiences which can be personal, social, political and environmental. This passion, or my desire of artistic creation began at a very early age and has never faded. I paint. My work changes. It evolves.”
The opening reception will be held on January 11, 2013 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Rick Anderson will also be hosting a Teaching Artist workshop for local school teachers on Saturday, January 12. To make a reservation contact GAC Arts in Education Coordinator Megan Hines at 662.332.2246. For more information about the exhibit or the gallery contact the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246. More information about Rick Anderson can be found at the artist’s website at http://www.rickandersonart.com/rickandersonart.com/Home.html.
For more information about the 2013 gallery schedule visit the Greenville Arts Council website at www.greenville-arts-council.com.