Musick to display exhibit honoring Trail of Tears

Release Date: 9/30/2003

Clarksville, Ark. ---Artist Pat Musick of Huntsville, Ark., will present her exhibit, "Yokes on the Trail of Tears," throughout October as the artist of the month at the University of the Ozarks' Stephens Gallery.

The exhibit was created as a tribute to the Cherokees who traveled the Benge Route across Arkansas in 1838 and consists of a large sculpture with photographs and text. The sculpture was taken to 20 sites along the Trail, assembled and photographed. The work evokes wagon trails, processions, burdens and yokes, and great stone tears. Musick's media --- stone, steel and wood --- are derived from native Arkansas materials. The work is a reflection of the river valley in which Musick lives.

Musick, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University, has had her art displayed throughout the world. Her solo exhibitions include, the Arkansas Arts Center; the Aumonerie Saint Jacques in France; the Birchstone Galleries in Michigan; The Tulsa Center for Contemporary Arts; and Miami University in Ohio. Her outdoor sculptures have been seen at the Buffalo Bayou ArtPark in Houston; the Monarch Sculpture Park in Washington; and the Irving Arts Center Sculpture Garden in Texas.

Musick and her husband, Jerry, also created the Ozarks Woodland Sculpture Garden near their home in Madison County.

The Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free.