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‘Connectivity’ exhibit opens April 13 at Gadsden Museum

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.

For more information about the “Connectivity” exhibit, any other exhibit

currently on display at the museum, or the museum in general, visit Gadsden Art Museum Website or call (850) 875-4866.

Story By: Special to The Herald