Nationally Known Artist’s Work to be on Exhibit at University of Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile’s Marilyn Foley Art Gallery will feature “Through the Trees: an exhibit by Bryce Speed” Jan. 12 through Feb. 27.

Speed will also present a talk about his work Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow. The gallery is located in the Ben May Building and gallery hours are Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

“Often within my compositions on paper, images of outside and inside merge, creating an ambiguity of architectural and atmospheric space,” said the Hattiesburg, Miss. native. “Line and color represent the forces of nature, like water, fire, and wind that invade and sometimes destroy these living spaces.”

Speed said “in this drawing-based work, architectural forms reference both the stability and instability of identity.” He said, “Images of destruction paired with the temporary and or resilient nature of architecture serves as a metaphor for the evolving self.”

Speed earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing at the University of Mississippi and in 2005 he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Alabama. He is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama where he teaches painting.

His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in several states over the past few years. In 2006 and 2011 his work was selected for publication in New American Paintings Southeastern and Western editions. Bryce also has solo exhibits at the Nebraska Governor’s Mansion.

Phillip Counselman, the University of Mobile’s associate professor of art and director of the Marilyn Foley Art Gallery, described Bryce’s works as a “collage of architectural structures combined with natural elements.”

“I think the viewer will find these works appeal in a very familiar way, such as color harmonies and luminous natural textures,” said Counselman. “The compositions will

challenge and provoke, creating a very interesting dialogue about our everyday surroundings.”

For more information about the exhibit, call the UMobile College of Arts and Sciences at 251.442.2280. For information about UMobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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