Piecing it Together: Sculpture by Earl Dismuke
Details and information from https://www.caad.msstate.edu/exhibitions/2022/piecing-it-together-sculpture-earl-dismuke
According to Dismuke, "My compositions are influenced by things I am experiencing in my current season of life, such as goals, relationships, joys, fears, family, and faith. My work tells my story, but I like to leave enough ambiguity in the work that the audience can make their own interpretations. By inviting the viewer to interpret what the work means or what the artist was thinking, the viewer is forced to bring something of themselves into the work. I believe this binds the artist and the viewer."
Dismuke's interest in art began at an early age. He was always creating, searching for new things and ways to entertain himself. He later attended the University of Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture. On a trip to Chicago, Illinois he was inspired by the public art placed around the city. "Growing up in rural Mississippi, I had never been exposed to public art on that scale. I returned home inspired to transform my home state of Mississippi into an art destination." From that inspiration, Dismuke co-founded the Yokna Sculpture Trail, a bi-annual rotating outdoor sculpture exhibition of 18-20 large scale pieces of work from artists all over the nation.
Dismuke's work has been included in several international and national exhibitions, including the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, New Orleans, LA, The Walter Anderson Museum, Ocean Springs, MS, The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, Scope Basel in Basel, Switzerland, Lima, Peru, several gallery and museum shows, and private collections.
Dismuke will talk about his work and lead a walk-through of the exhibit in the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on Thursday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. Later that day, a public reception is planned for 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Cullis Wade Depot next to Barnes and Noble Bookstore on MSU's main campus. Hours of operation are Mondays–Fridays, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., closed university holidays.
This exhibition and its programming are made possible in part from a community grant awarded by the Starkville Area Arts Council and sponsorship from the Starkville Visitors & Convention Council. Thank you!
The Little Yellow Building is the creative art studio of Mississippi artist Derek Covington Smith. TLYB was established in 2018 to help grow and promote visual art in the state through opportunity, exposure, and education.