New WFMA exhibition explores role of color in life, art

22 MSU faculty members contribute to WFMA exhibition

New WFMA exhibition explores role of color in life, art

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas will feature “Color in Art, Color in Life: Prisms, Pigments, and Purpose” exhibition beginning Oct. 24.

Through interdisciplinary partnerships and works from the permanent collection, this exhibition demonstrates the purposeful language of color as discovered through scientific methods and as it plays a role in the compositional design, meaning, and experience. Twenty-two MSU Texas faculty members contributed to the show.

“This new exhibition explores the broad theme of color in artworks from the WFMA permanent collection and in educational content contributed by River Bend Nature Center, the Museum of North Texas History, the Kell House Museum, MSU’s Moffett Library, and statements from 22 MSU Texas professors,” WFMA curator Danny Bills said. “With contributions from the fields of science, mathematics, film/theatre, language, exercise physiology, sociology, humanities, nursing, radiology, advertising/marketing, education, history, and art, viewers will instantly recognize how color touches every aspect of our lives.”

Through works by prominent American artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Roger Shimomura, and Helen Frankenthaler, the exhibition explores the ways artists use the visual element of color to refer to science, culture, politics, and emotion.

“Color is a fascinating topic relevant to everyday life,” WFMA Director Tracee Robertson said. “It’s something we use intuitively and purposefully, and this exhibition invites us to look at where our ideas and knowledge about color originate. Color is both mysterious and rational — it mixes predictably via the color wheel and conveys emotion and mood. It is a powerful symbol. It is our hope this exhibition offers opportunity to explore and acknowledge emotions experienced during the pandemic and to engage and rest in self-expression through the language of color.”

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WFMA Weekend Workshops

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art hosts Weekend Workshops with free, walk-in art lessons. Supplies are provided or fee free to bring your own. Ages 7 and up although children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Virtual option is available. Social distancing and face masks are required.

December 5  — "Color in Art, Color in Life"

Participants can create colorful holiday ornaments to keep as a keepsake or give as a gift. Join art educator Mary Helen Maskill as she leads this fun creative workshop.


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