“A Legacy of Love and Freedom” Unfolds at the TMA

Quilt Paintings by Texas Artist Sedrick Huckaby On View

4.12.2011

(TYLER, TX) April 12, 2011 – The Tyler Museum of Art is proud to present a selection of oil paintings by the acclaimed Sedrick Huckaby, a contemporary Texas artist who uses thick, impasto paint to create shape-shifting quilt murals, evocative of tradition, family, and faith. The exhibition, A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby, includes a selection of the artist’s most recent works, on view April 17–July 3, 2011 in the Museum’s Bell Gallery. Simply stated, Huckaby paints his grandmother’s handmade quilts, but upon the large canvases, the folding images are a soothing complexity of form and meaning.

On the exhibition’s opening day (Sunday, April 17), the artist will discuss his current paintings from inside the gallery. The lecture begins at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. “Sedrick Huckaby is one of the nation’s most promising young artists. This is an invaluable opportunity for people to listen as he discusses his works and to learn firsthand what inspires and motivates an artist who is quickly achieving widespread acclaim,” said TMA Curator, Ken Tomio. There is no admission charge for the lecture.

About the Artist
Sedrick Huckaby was born in 1975 in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School and went on to pursue his formal education in art at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. Huckaby transferred to Boston University, we he earned his BFA and then on Yale University’s School of Art where he earned his MFA. After graduating, Huckaby studied art in western Europe for two years before returning to Fort Worth. Today, he lives next door to his childhood home (where his parents still live) with his wife and fellow artist Carita Letitia Huckaby. Beyond formal study, it is family and faith that guides Huckaby’s artistic vision, imparting a universal and yet extremely personal tone expressed in many portraits of his family members, especially his grandmother who recently passed away.

About the Art
Sedrick Huckaby began painting quilts as backdrops for portraits. Over time, he began to focus on the quilts alone as artful messengers, telling stories of family, ancestral legacy and also of spiritual concepts through draping folds and connected patches. His most recent works are typified by heavy layers of paint, an interplay of light and shadow, and a sense of soft texture that defies the hardness of the thick oil on canvas.

A Love Supreme is one of the artist’s largest works, totaling 80 feet in length. Heavy, dense paint expresses the fold, texture and weight of his grandmother’s quilts. Divided into four sections that are categorized by season (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer), A Love Supreme is a tour de force in painterly sophistication but also approachable by any viewer. Using painting rather than words or phrases, Huckaby communicates things about human experience including spiritual urges, familial connection, and ancestral heritage in a manner that is both reverential and uncomplicated.

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.

Related Events
Sunday, April 17, 2011 – Spring Lecture Series III
Lecture will feature guest speaker and contemporary Texas artist Sedrick Huckaby, who will discuss painting quilts. Gallery talk begins at 2 p.m. in the Bell Gallery and reservations are required. Free admission.

Friday, May 6, 2011 – First Friday Art Tour
Visitors will discover the colorful texture of A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby during a free First Friday Art Tour, led by a member of the TMA Education staff. Tour begins at 11 a.m., and usually lasts under an hour. Reservations are requested, but not required.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Family Day
Children will enjoy free art activities designed to reflect themes and techniques demonstrated in the exhibition titled A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby. Family Day is held in the classroom from 2–4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 16, 2011 – Seniors’ Day
Seniors age 65 and up are invited to enjoy free art tours of A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby beginning at 10:45 a.m and 11:45 a.m. Complimentary lunch will be served following each tour. Participants must reserve their place by Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m., as space is limited.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.

Images: top left
Our Brokenness (detail), 2010–2011. Oil on paper mounted on panels, 24 x 48 inches overall. Lent by the Artist. Photo by David Wharton

top right
Shekhinah Glory (detail), 2011. Oil on panel, 211/2 x 29 inches. Lent by the Artist. Photo by David Wharton