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TJC art students create dance paintings

Published Tuesday, 31st May 2011

TJC art students create dance paintings

In 2004, longtime Tyler Junior College supporter Margaret Perkins, of Citizens First Bank in Tyler, requested TJC art students create two large-scale, 6-by-6-foot paintings for the foyer area of the bank.

The result was a huge success and Mrs. Perkins and her husband, James I. Perkins, rewarded the TJC art program by funding multiple scholarships for art students.

Last fall, Mrs. Perkins again sought the talents of the TJC art program to create six silhouette paintings for the dance studios in the TJC Ornelas Health & Physical Education Center.

Four of the department’s outstanding artists – Megan Bryant of Lindale, Erika Garrett of Sulphur Springs, Cayla Thompson of Tyler, and Kelsey White of Red Oak – accepted the challenge and created two sets of three 4-by-4-foot consecutive panel paintings of dancers.

Titled "Three Dancers" and "Express Yourself", the works each have their own individual composition but together exhibit a strength and consistency of style. The paintings show expressive movements of dance in their flowing colors of line and shapes of human forms.

The artworks were completed in the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters, and the participating artists were enrolled in Derrick White’s painting class during the time of completion.

For more information on TJC art programs, go to www.tjc.edu/art.

Elise Mullinix


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