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Tim Parsley: Anxious Nostalgia

On display April 28-June 5

Clark Gallery

Honeywell Center

Artist biography:

Tim Parsley is Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Art at the University of Saint Francis, Division of Creative Arts in Fort Wayne, IN.  Tim earned his BFA from the University of Cincinnati and his MFA from Miami University (Oxford, OH).   As an artist primarily working through painting, drawing, and collage, Tim’s work navigates the history of America and the complicated tensions caused by its constructive ambition. He also works as a public artist and public art educator, creating numerous, large-scale, publicly-supported mural projects in Fort Wayne, Leo-Cedarville, Warsaw, Cincinnati, New York City, and Nairobi, Kenya.  Tim currently serves as a member of the City of Fort Wayne Public Mural Commission.  Additionally, Tim has been significantly committed to strengthening the local art galleries of his community, previously serving as the Assistant Director of Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Manifest Drawing Center in Cincinnati, OH, and currently as a board member at Artlink Contemporary Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN.


Artist Statement:

My work navigates American history and the complicated effect of its constructive ambition. With a focus on the originating stories of America, I appropriate and piece together scraps of historic imagery and collective memory, reconstructing the American narrative of progress to reveal and reinterpret a nostalgic anxiety about the past. The construction of America was a dichotomous and implicating mixture of hope, pride, destruction, and dominance culminating in a conflicted national history. We live in the wake of this complicated history and continue to play out the same drama in our individual lives. My paintings, collages, and drawings explore the undercurrent assumptions that cultivate this phenomenon.


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