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Myatt to Present Artist Talk at Bradbury Art Museum


JONESBORO – Greely Myatt, a well-respected fixture of the Memphis art scene, will present an artist‘s talk on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the Bradbury Art Museum on the campus of Arkansas State University.  This conversation will be held in conjunction with BElieVE an exhibition featuring the artist’s humorous yet poignant works of art.

Myatt has been creating sculpture and installations for decades.  Currently he is a Professor of Art at the University of Memphis where he has taught since 1989. His artwork has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad.

According to Myatt, “I am interested in history and stories and words. As an artist who has lived and worked in the American South I have tremendous respect for the narrative tradition. I like stories, told and retold, changed and distorted as the voice of the teller embellishes and exaggerates. Of course there is no truth in these stories, which lay claim to history but in fact are creative lies that make the world around us more interesting, at least for the teller or the artist, and hopefully for the receiver.

He continues, “The title of the exhibition, BElieVE, is meant to point to these interests. My process, when putting together a show, is to start with the title which I often make as a piece. In this case the initial title was taken from a rubber stamp that I had found some years back. The stamp read: “Absolutely No Warranty Given Or Implied.”  The release from responsibility this suggested interested me, however I wanted a quicker title. Somewhere I had read that in the middle of the word BELIEVE is the word LIE. It seemed to be the same: ‘Believe me but I’m not responsible’.

Two additional exhibitions are also currently on view at BAM.  They are “Guy Church: Drawings” and “Pure Line,” which is selected from the A-State permanent collection and features work by internationally acclaimed artists Donald Judd and Tony Rosenthal.

The public is invited to attend the talk, meet the artist and view all three exhibitions.

BAM hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and by appointment.  The exhibition and the artist’s talk are admission-free and open to the public.  For additional information please contact the museum at (870) 972-2567.

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Myatt's "Delta Blue"