MC’s Gombert selected for prestigious Red Clay Survey exhibition 

Art by MC’s Gombert selected for prestigious Red Clay Survey exhibition 

Sept. 4, 2020 

Maryville College Professor of Art Dr. Carl Gombert is among the artists featured in “The Red Clay Survey: 2020 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art,” a major recurring regional competition sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.

This is the fourth time Gombert’s work has been selected for the Red Clay Survey.

Gombert’s piece, titled Intersection, is 24 by 48 inches and consists of rubber-stamped monotype and collage over acrylic.

“It tries to achieve a sense of balance, structure and order created through processes that are largely improvisational,” Gombert said. “The basic pattern of colored diamonds and stripes was put down first without any idea of what other imagery would be added later. Rubber stamps were added later to create decorative patterns.”

The Red Clay Survey “takes the pulse” of contemporary Southern art through a selection of work in all styles and media determined by jurors with strong curatorial credentials. The exhibition “recognizes and encourages excellence, and provides a permanent record of the development of regional art through the publication of a comprehensive exhibition catalogue.” Selected works are displayed in five galleries of the museum, located in downtown Huntsville.

Established in 1988, the Red Clay Survey is open to established and emerging artists from 11 Southern states. Out of more than 1,200 submissions, jurors selected 85 works by 67 artists for this year’s exhibition, which runs through Oct. 4.

 “The Red Clay Survey is an important regional show that highlights lots of amazing art being made in the area,” Gombert said. “It is truly an honor to be recognized and included.”

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.

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