MC professor's art selected for Indiana exhibition

Aug. 6, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

A painting by Dr. Carl Gombert, Maryville College professor of art, has been selected for inclusion in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s “2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial” in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The national invitational and juried exhibition, which opens Aug. 11 and runs through Oct. 28, “highlights the strength and innovation of America’s current trends in realism,” according to the museum’s website.

“I feel fortunate to get a piece in that show,” Gombert said.

Gombert’s “Mom During Chemotherapy” is a 48- by 60-inch oil profile portrait of his then-80-year-old mother. He completed the painting in 2011.

“She has no hair, no makeup and no jewelry, so parts of why it’s so interesting is that she’s completely genderless – just like newborns,” Gombert said. “There’s no sense of masculinity or femininity.”

There’s also a “real dichotomy,” Gombert said.

“Her face is very wrinkled and sagged except for the skin on her scalp, which because of gravity was pulled really tight, so the interplay between the smooth, tightly stretched skin and the opposite at the other end of her face was interesting artistically,” he said.

Gombert joined the Maryville College faculty in 1993. He earned his B.F.A. in drawing from the University of Akron, his M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at Texas Tech University. His areas of teaching at Maryville College include painting, drawing, art history, fine arts, First-Year Seminar and Senior Seminar. His work is included in a number of public collections throughout the country.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.