Exhibits & Events

Donnie Copeland

On Display November 9, 2017 – January 13, 2018

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Donnie Copeland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio arts from Ouachita Baptist University and then continued his education at the University of Dallas where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. Copeland currently serves as Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Ouachita Baptist University where he teaches painting, drawing, and art history. He and his wife and three children live in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Artist Statement

“The works in this exhibit are a continuation of a body of work begun 10 years ago. At the time, working in a nonobjective manner was new to me, and this particular process restored to my work a sense of delving into the unknown and the promise of adventure – both artistic and creative.

While the works function like paintings, they are actually collage on canvas and involve painting, drawing, cutting, and pasting. Patterns of stripes are cut from a stack of sheets of painted paper that are then arranged and adhered to a canvas.

The striations place an emphasis on their own material substance. The works can be enjoyed as they are – without needing to rely on an image or reference to something somewhere else for the viewer to “get” the work. The works simply need to be seen. Even so, much has been said about how the collages relate to landscape, geological strata, planted fields, the paths of rivers, and so on. There is nothing wrong in saying so, but the works are not pictures of such things. These canvases are about the want to paint and arrange, to make something, to look at something.”

“Bent curvilinear bands are painted on paper and then affixed to the canvas which in turn serves as a platform for the abstractions. There is a definitive point of distinction between the paper, paint and canvas. Copeland’s paintings suggest cross-sections of ambiguous natural forms or… geological structures and sedimentary materials. Through his investigation of charcoal, acrylic and paper, Copeland’s lyrical strata emerge as both rich and detached. The worked-over surface of the collage elements contradicts the austerity of the pristine canvases.”
- Eric Sutphin, Boundary Hunters: Four Parts to Every Story. Exhibit Catalog, 2012.

This Exhibit is made possible by contributions from TRAHC Members.

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Date Time Location
January 13, 2018 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Regional Arts Center FREE

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