Emory & Henry presents “Familiar Territory”, an exhibition by artist Scott Betz at The 1912 Gallery from Wednesday, April 4 through Saturday, April 28.
Betz will speak about his work during an Artalk on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Lounge of the E&H Van Dyke Center. The 1912 Gallery, located at the Emory Train Depot, will open at 6:30 p.m. for viewing and after the Artalk for a reception with the artist.
The exhibition will be closed April 6-7.
Betz has continually reflected his uniquely personal experience in the world though the lens of his art–whether that might take the form of painting, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, drawing, printmaking or video games.
Travel and world events such as living in Paris, visiting Morocco and the wars in former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan were the focus of much of his early work. However, in 1999, his work began a new trajectory when his son Will and daughter Kate were born.
In the E&H exhibition, Betz collaborates with his children by exploring their diverse interests and finding ways to compositionally piece together the imagery. Primary works have their initial design documented in video and represented and projected flat onto a table simulating the creative exchange between the three. They also provide the foundation for an artistic riff in several large triptych format prints.
Betz received a Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in drawing and painting from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Evansville, Indiana. Currently a professor of fine arts at Winston Salem State University, NC, the artist exhibits his work both nationally and internationally.
The exhibit and Artalk are free of charge. The 1912 Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 pm or by appointment. Call 276.944.6866 for additional information or to make an appointment.