THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to view an exhibit by an artist whose works have been displayed internationally.
Part of the university’s Black History Month schedule, Randell Henry, associate professor and curator of the Southern University Visual Arts Gallery at Southern University, will have his art featured Feb. 11 to March 1 in the Ameen Art Gallery.
Henry began making collages in 1980 by cutting and tearing his drawings and putting the pieces together in inventive ways. Henry relies on paint, graphic media and his own painted papers, fabric and imagination to make collages that have played on themes related to family life, couples, blues and jazz music and mythological subjects.
Art by Henry has been shown in exhibitions in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Denmark, Ghana and Liberia. In May 2015, a large painting by Henry was included in the exhibition, “60 Americans,” at Elga Wimmer Gallery on West 26 St. in New York City where lead New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith chose it as her favorite work in the show.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Henry will speak at 1 p.m. in the gallery, followed by a reception at 2 p.m., which is sponsored by the Black History Month Committee. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.
The gallery, on the second floor of Talbot Hall, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Nicholls Black History Month events are sponsored by Synergy Bank.