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WBC Hosting Watson Art Exhibit


Stephen Watson’s "Breadth and Length and Height and Depth," completed this year. The work is composed of tape measures and is 11 feet tall.

Williams Baptist College graduate Stephen Watson is showcasing some of his latest artworks in an exhibit  entitled "OBJECT-IVE." The art display will run through Dec. 7 in WBC’s Maddox Center gallery.

Watson, who is currently completing his master of fine arts degree at the University of Alabama, says the works in OBJECT-IVE have a spiritual message to convey. They were originally created for display at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in conjunction with sermon topics each week.

"In sharing them with the church body, it is my hope that my work may serve the congregation as an effectual companion to the weekly preaching, worship and liturgy," Watson said.

The artist said he set out to create art which would be equally fitting in a church or in a secular art gallery.

"Before this body of work, every attempt to merge my faith and art came at the compromise or diluting of my faith, my art, or both. I am burdened to make art as a devout Christian and devout contemporary artist, both identities carefully mingled, without adulterating either," he commented.

Watson says the works are primarily conceptual structures. "They are made of non-traditional materials: from a tree to fresh fruit to tape measures," he said. "Most are large scale: nine to twelve feet tall or wide. Some are site-tailored installations that transform the environment of the exhibition space."

The artist is a Walnut Ridge native, and he is the son of Dan and Susan Watson. He is married to Lily Watson.

The Watson exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Maddox Center gallery. The public is invited, and there is no charge to attend.

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