Joe MacGown and Cetin Oguz Art Exhibition-Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, 3-31 January 2009

I have an ongoing two-man exhibition with Cetin Oguz (an art professor at Delta State University) at the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, MS. The show will be on display from January 3-31 2009. The opening reception was on January 3rd from 6-8 PM. I had approximately 30 framed drawings on display in three separate rooms of the museum, and Cetin had 9 large scale paintings on display in the larger room on the first floor.

My artwork worked well with that of Cetin's. His works included somewhat abstract mixed media representations of his beliefs, history, and ideas and perceptions of life, and my pieces in the show represented a subset of my highly detailed pen and ink surrealistic drawings. Turnout for the reception was good, especially considering the fact that the weather was bad with numerous storms in the area. Despite the inclement weather, a large contigent of friends from Starkville made the drive to the show, which I greatly appreciated! Both Cetin and I got positive responses from the people attending the show, and in general I think everyone was pleasantly surprised by our unique art styles. Additionally, at about 6:45, we both talked about our artwork and had some interesting questions. The night proved to be a financial success as well, and I was happy to sell some artwork!

This show would not have been possible without the support and invitation of Kate Cherry (director of the museum) and Terry Cherry (board member). My part of the exhibition was supported in part by Mark Wood, owner of the "Chalet", an art supply and frame shop in Starkville, MS, and by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Cetin and I

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Folks checking it out

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what's going on in that guy's head

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check that out!

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taking a break from the hard work of viewing art!

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Ah, punch...

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A view of the foyer area

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Some drawings...