The Cameron University Department of Art will present a visual lecture by guest artist Michael Noland on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Noland, a Cameron alumnus will feature his paintings during the presentation. The lecture is open to the public at no charge. A reception with the artist will follow.
The Wynnewood native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Cameron and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University. Noland has resided in Chicago, where he has been an active member of the art community as a painter, curator, writer, and collector of American folk and outsider art, since 1984.
Noland's paintings are based on traditional American scenes that are molded to his unique vision and have been exhibited at galleries throughout the United States. He creates vitality though exaggeration in form, repetition of line and saturation of color. Common views and unique animals seem both darkly surreal and amusing. Flowers pulsate with life and colors reverberate with an electric charge.
Describing the inspiration for his artwork, Noland states, "Growing up in the area of Oklahoma known as Tornado Alley gave me a healthy love and respect for the power and beauty of nature. I grew up where the landscape and sky were very much a part of my everyday life. To this day I have a healthy respect of nature’s power and beauty.”
Noland started collecting American folk art in 1980 and became personal friends with such notable folk artists as Elijah Pierce, Popeye Reed and William L. Hawkins. Over the years, he has been a passionate advocate of these Ohio artists’ work. Noland is considered to be an expert in the field of collecting and curating American folk art and has curated shows for the Chicago Cultural Center and Intuit: Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art, both in Chicago. He advised the Columbus Museum in their acquisition of a major stone carving by E. “Popeye” Reed in 2004. He also gave a lecture on the life of E. “Popeye” Reed at the American Folk Art Museum in New York in 2009.
As an expert on American folk and outsider art, Noland has written for numerous exhibition catalogs over the years as well as written articles for publications such as Antiques and Fine Art Magazine. He also curated the first and only survey of American folk stone carving at Intuit: Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art in 2003.
October 3, 2013