Painter Liu Nan, a professor at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, paints vivid, life-size paintings of disconnected students on campus.
In his ambitious exhibi- tion of life-size paintings at the Gadsden Arts Cen- ter & Museum in Quincy opening tomorrow (6-8 p.m., Friday, April 13), painter Liu Nan reflects upon life on the Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee, where he teaches.
Nan is fascinated by student behavior — how they are always connected to electronic devices while rarely connecting with one another.
“Connectivity: Figurative Paintings” by Nan creates an entire environment of student figures in the museum’s Sara May Love Gallery — leading us to question not only campus behavior, but connectivity everywhere in modern life.
Nan, a native of China, exhibits work and has work in museum collections across the United States.
A native of China, the artist began studying art at an early age.
When he first arrived in Florida, he focused on painting the landscapes — ashewasinaweofthe vast open spaces he expe- rienced here after his hometown in China be- came so overbuilt that he could no longer see the sky.
Nan also is a master of calligraphy and Chinese brush painting.
In addition to “Connec- tivity,” Gadsden Arts features at this time four other art exhibitions: “Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper” (Bates Permanent Collec- tion Gallery); “Wildlife of North America: Paintings by John Isaacs” (Zoe Golloway Gallery); “Skip Brea: A Friend, with Friends” (Munroe Family Community Gallery); and the Gadsden Arts Artists Guild exhibit (Bates Community Room).
Visitors of all ages also are invited to enjoy creating things in the ArtZone
drop-in studio; to browse local arts-and-crafts in the Jean Gard Fletcher Mu-
seum Shop; to schedule a tour for a group; or to enjoy luncheon on the to-table restaurant.
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is located on the courthouse square in Quincy at 13 N. Madison Street.
The museum’s galleries and museum shop are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. Suggested exhibition admission is $5; with admission free for children and museum members.