Music-inspired exhibit featured in Stephens Gallery

Release Date: 3/10/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Russellville artist Neal Harrington will present his music-inspired exhibit "Myth & Music and other works" at the University of the Ozarks' Stephens Gallery from March 14 to April 15 as part of the university's Artist of the Month Series.

Harrington has served as an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Arkansas Tech University since 2005. He earned his master of fine arts degree from Wichita State University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

Birth of the Vinyl Venus

“Birth of the Vinyl Venus” by Neal Harrington is one of the works that will be on display from March 14 to April 15 in the University of the Ozarks’ Stephens Gallery. Harrington will present his exhibit “Myth & Music and other works” as part of the university’s Artist of the Month Series.

Harrington, whose artwork has appeared in exhibitions throughout the country, said his interest in Blues music and American roots music began with a boyhood interest in the guitar.

“Blues music is wonderfully complex and at the same time unbelievably simple,” he said. “This music jars my senses and tells the uncompromising truths of the human condition. My art tends to be accessible and self explanatory in this same tradition. This music allows me to become the adventurer/musician I dreamt of. As a northerner transplanted into new surroundings, I have become more curious about southern culture, its music, rituals, and expressive traditions. Drawing my attention particularly is the Delta region, where histories of social disharmony have intermingled with individual ethics to inform expressions of this American Roots music such as folk, blues, and bluegrass. I find these musical voices compelling and I have invited them into my art to explore and query southern mythology and ethos.” 

There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m., Friday, April 15, in the Stephens Gallery, located in the university’s Walton Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, please contact the university at 479-979-1349.