The Catron Art Gallery is now featuring the work of North Carolina artist Dustin J. Farnsworth. The current exhibit includes Farnsworth’s work in a variety of mediums. Pieces range from drawings to scaled theatre set designs to abstract three-dimensional work.
Farnsworth is resident artist at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, MI., where he focused on woodworking and functional art. He received a Windgate Fellowship Grants to pursue his artistic endeavors. The artist grew up in Michigan. After college, he moved to Asheville, N.C., and studied under notable sculptor Stoney Lamar and furniture maker Brent Skidmore. He then spent a year as artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg.
“From the time I was a child, I have been intrigued with the way our world is constructed and the importance of our stories,” Farnsworth said in a written statement.
“I was raised in a community based in industry, irrevocably seduced by the sights and sounds synonymous with production. Much of what informs my work developed while witnessing the auto industry’s golden age of success deteriorate into the struggle of its collapse,” Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth’s works has changed over the years, as his move to Appalachia gave him the chance to depart from his formal art and explore new forms.
“This work satisfies my interests in character, story, craft, mechanics, composition, empathy and social commentary,” Farnsworth said.
The Catron Art Gallery is located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library. The exhibit is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-8:15 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. and Sundays, 1:30-5:15 p.m. Admission is free.
The show continues through Nov. 7. On that date, Farnsworth will be at Walters State and will talk about his art at 11:15 a.m. in the theatre of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. The public is invited.
For more information, call the Division of Humanities at (423) 585-6922.
In the Picture: The Catron Art Gallery at Walters State Community College is hosting an exhibit of work by Dustin Farnsworth through Nov. 7. The gallery is located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Morristown Campus. Looking at one of Farnsworth’s larger pieces are student Brittany Coffey of Thorn Hill; Amy Evans, head of Walters State’s art department; and student KaLynn Spurgeon of Morristown.