MC’s Gombert is September featured artist at Clayton Center

MC’s Gombert is September featured artist at Clayton Center

Sept. 5, 2019

“New Things,” an exhibit by Maryville College Professor of Art Dr. Carl Gombert, is on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery and William “Ed” Harmon Gallery throughout the month of September.

A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Sept. 27 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The exhibit includes handmade rubber stamp monotypes.

“I love to draw. I love the tools and I love the processes of drawing. These handmade rubber stamp monotypes are simple drawings with ink on paper, and they all rely on radial structure to explore complexity and pattern arising from the application of simple rules,” Gombert wrote in his artist statement. “These works explore rotation and repetition as formal strategies and the patterns that emerge from the process. Many take the form of mandalas, others are inspired by traditional quilt designs. They attempt to balance opposites, relying equally on dark and light and on positive and negative shapes. Described by one critic as cerebral kitsch,’ these pieces are both humorous and serious. In this little world there is symmetry and balance and order, but neither rhyme nor reason. And, they sparkle.”

Gombert started taking painting lessons at the age of 14 with money he earned delivering newspapers. 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.

He joined the Maryville College faculty in 1993, and his areas of teaching include painting, drawing and art history. He has exhibited in more than 200 shows 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 2019 semester is 1,148.