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  • Through the Achromatic Lens: GARY CHAPMAN
    05-31-2021 | Virtual Exhibition

    In co-sponsorship with the Tennessee Arts Academy, Watkins College of Art at Belmont University and the Leu Art Gallery are proud to present this virtual art exhibition entitled, Through the Achromatic Lens: GARY CHAPMAN. Due to continued public safety restrictions resulting in a virtual 2021 Tennessee Arts Academy, this exhibit has been translated into video format.

    Through the Achromatic Lens features five distinct bodies of work created by Birmingham-based artist and educator Gary Chapman:

    • The Charcoal Drawings
    • The Black Metal Series
    • The Firmament: Falling Floating Flying
    • 108 Black Paintings and the COTA Project
    • The Construction Series

    Chapman has been working in black and white for more than thirty-five years; however, he has typically regarded this work as peripheral to his more conceptual and representational practice. For the last ten years, he has been teaching charcoal workshops at various universities, galleries, and museums. In the past four years, he has allowed these experiences and processes to bleed over into his main work. This is particularly evident in both The Constructions Series and The Black Metal Series.

    Gary Chapman is an artist and professor of painting and drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chapman has had more than seventy solo exhibitions with various institutions. He has also participated in numerous group and invitational exhibitions with regional, national, and international venues. Chapman was awarded and named a Joan Mitchell CALL Legacy Artist in 2013 and has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in more than twenty catalogs and books, including four editions of New American Paintings. To learn more about the artist, visit

    Videography by Grant Townsend Moore
    Produced by Katie Mitchell

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For more information or to submit a proposal for consideration, contact Katie Mitchell, Director of Galleries.