Grace Benedict:
Drawn to the Figure

August 6 - September 12


Originally from Canada, Grace Benedict recently returned to the Gulf Coast where she earned her Master in Fine Arts degree.    For eleven years this 1979 graduate of Tulane University was the Foundations Drawing Coordinator at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana.  Her formal training includes anatomy and figure drawing.  For thirty-five years Benedict has participated in national and international contemporary figural exhibitions, earning numerous awards.     

The focus of the exhibition is on the figure: the life drawing is the starting point upon which she elaborates by including elements of nature. Her use of color and design in addition to a solid approach to the figure create a combination that often surprises the viewer.  Her work ranges from spontaneous studies and sketches to intricately detailed and realistic drawings in colored pencil. 

“My fascination with the figure began when I was looking at the Renaissance masters as a teenager. Throughout history, and today, the artist has continued to explore the theme of the human body with energy, honesty and creativity.”

There will be a reception, free and open to the public, for the artist on Friday September 5th in the gallery from 6pm to 8pm. Grace Benedict will give a brief talk and be available to answer questions about her work.


Faulkner's World:
The Photographs of Martin J. Dain

Currently on Exhibit

Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford. A selection of those images, compiled in the traveling exhibit, “Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain,” are on display in the hallways of the Mary C.

The photographs of Martin Dain provide a unique journey into the world of William Faulkner. Taken between 1961 and 1963, Dain’s photographs portray Faulkner at home, as well as provide a comprehensive look at the people and cultural traditions that inspired him. Upon his first visit to Oxford in 1961, Dain made numerous photographs of the town and surrounding rural Lafayette County, which served as the inspiration for the author’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Dain returned in 1962 to photograph Faulkner’s funeral and preserve additional images of Lafayette County.



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