University of Mobile Hosts Sci-Fi Jumbo Exhibit by California Artist Tom Lundquist

Kathy Dean News

MOBILE, Ala. – “Science fiction can be a great source of fun for people who make pictures,” said California artist Tom Lundquist. That spirit of adventure is on display through February in the Sci-Fi Jumbo Exhibit that opens Jan. 15 in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile. 

Admission is free. The Sci-Fi Jumbo Exhibit will be on display weekdays through Feb. 28, Mondays – Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Martin Hall Gallery on campus. Lundquist will discuss his work at an artist talk at 11 a.m. on Feb. 28. 

The inspiration for Lundquist’s poster-sized works was sparked when he watched a set of interviews with the actors and FX artists who were bringing the television show “Dr. Who” into the contemporary world in 2005.

“I realized that this genre could be exciting (even alarming) without being vicious or horrifying. That was intriguing, and a dozen ideas grew out of it,” he said. 

“Though the subjects need to be reasonably rendered, all requirements for recognizable environments, scaling or an object’s reason for being may be tossed over your shoulder,” said the artist, who lives in Los Angeles, California, and teaches part-time at Santa Monica College. 

He said everything in this exhibit is produced through some form of digital modeling and/or digital painting.

“I turned to computer imagery after spending much of my youth making elaborately detailed drawings. The ability to create much more complex images was an irresistible enticement, and I was willing to put aside traditional drawing values to do it,” Lundquist said.

For information about the exhibit or visual arts events in the Alabama School of the Arts, contact Philip Counselman, chair of the Department of Art, at 251.442.2283 or pcounselman@umobile.edu.

About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. 

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.eduor call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.