Discover “Freedom” Through the Eyes of the Curator

Free First Friday Art Tour at TMA


(TYLER, TX) June 28, 2011 – Tyler Museum of Art Curator Ken Tomio offers expert insight and commentary on the TMA’s extraordinary exhibition A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby this Friday, July 1, beginning at 11:00 a.m. During this free tour, Mr. Tomio will lead visitors through the exhibition of large-scale oil paintings by Huckaby, a Texas artist who uses thick, impasto paint to create shape-shifting quilt murals, evocative of tradition, family, and faith.

“Sedrick Huckaby is one of the nation’s most promising young artists, and one of the works included in this exhibition is already being described as his ‘magnum opus,’” Tomio said. “The exhibition is simply awe-inspiring, and visitors are sure to leave the tour understanding more about the artist and how his incredible quilt paintings convey messages of family, heritage, and faith.”

This tour is the final guided tour of the exhibition, which will close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Tomio will discuss how after receiving his Masters degree from Yale University, the artist was inspired by a trip to Europe during which he studied works by the Old Masters (da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Velasquez, for example). After seeing Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Huckaby became inspired to create something monumental, and he began working on A Love Supreme, which is a series of four panels totaling 80 feet in length. This extraordinary work took eight years to complete and covers the perimeter of the Bell Gallery and will be among the works discussed during Friday’s tour.

Following the tour, visitors can stay and enjoy a special “First Friday” menu selection from the Museum Café, which serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This week’s special selection is homemade King Ranch Chicken Casserole, a favorite among Café regulars and Museum staff. Reservations for the tour are appreciated but not required.

This exhibition is organized by the Tyler Museum of Art. Signature Sponsor for A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby is Jeanne and Tom Campbell. Supporting Sponsors are Maurine G. Muntz, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden and Agnes & Frank Ward. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are June and Steve Hillis and Cheryl and Kevin Vogel. The TMA is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College and the City of Tyler.