State of The Art 2020

Larry Walker; Tweet, Tweet…Look Who’s Here…or Aliens, Wall Spirits and Other Manifestations

I’m honored and thrilled to be included in an incredible exhibition this spring at Crystal Bridges and The Momentary titled State of the Art 2020. I’ll be showing alongside 59 artist’s from the United States including Kansas City artist’s Cory Imig, Art Miller, and Jill Downen along with University of Arkansas’s Anthony Sonnenberg.

To read more about the exhibit and the artists in the exhibition check out Crystal Bridges website here.

September Shows

Make It Right

The Bunker Center for the Arts will be opening its doors this week for What Was Left, a series of paintings recently finished from this summer at Chautauqua School of Art. The show will be on display September 5th – 28th with a reception Friday September 6th from 5-9 pm.


What You Came For

This Friday as well there will be an opening for SHE a collection of 40 female artists showing their work at M2 Gallery in Little Rock Arkansas. The show will run from September 6th to October 25th. The reception will be this Friday night from 5-9 pm. What You Came For and its concept sketch will be on display.


Woodpile

Next Friday Bellevue College will open their exhibition of Changing Bodies which runs September 19th – November 1st with a reception on the 19th from 5 – 9 pm. My painting Woodpile will be on display. The gallery will be exhibiting works in a variety of media that examine the body and how various internal and external elements subject it to change. With a diverse range of national and regional artists, the exhibition hopes to challenge preconceived notions of what bodies should look like, which bodies should be visible, and what does it mean to have or imagine to have, ownership of your own body. Visitors will discover works that challenge them to think differently about bodies and their role in contemporary art and society.


How Come You Never Go There

Also currently up through the end of the month is House Party at Midtown Gallery Associates. I’ll be changing out Ghost for a new painting How Come You Never Go There. Be sure to catch it before it goes down!


The Elevate exhibit at 21c in Bentonville will be up now through the end of September. Two Year Hymn is on display with all 24 paintings from the series.

Summer at Chautauqua and Upcoming Shows

Chautauqua School of Art Studio Space

This summer I’ll be at the Chautauqua School of Art from mid June to early August. I took a position as the Concierge helping with small tasks and assisting the staff at the School of Art. While here I’m working on three new paintings for a solo show in September at the Bunker Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. The show titled “What was Left” will consist of paintings, drawings, and watercolors of bodies in water. It opens September 5th and closes on the 28th. Very honored and excited to have an opportunity to show my work in the space. More information coming soon.

House Party with Elise Raborg

While I’m in New York “House Party” will open in Bentonville early July and run through the beginning of October. The exhibit is a two person show with Elise Raborg’s work and some of my paintings from earlier this year. I’m very honored to be selected by the curator, Kellie Lehr, and to show work alongside Elise. The show will open at 211 South Main St at Midtown Associates July 9th with a private dinner in September.

Work in Progress
44″ x 44″
Oil on Canvas

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Interview with Katy Henriksen

Got to sit down with Katy Henriksen this week to discuss paintings, my thesis show, and hamsters. It was such a fun chat and I’m thankful that Katy invited me to babble about my work!

The interview aired Wednesday April 24 at 8pm but can be found at KUAF.com with “Of Note with Katy Henriksen.” A link to the interview can be found here: https://www.kuaf.com/post/kuaf-arts-beat-exploring-trans-identy-through-painting#stream/0

Give Up the Ghost: MFA Thesis Exhibition

Ghost
Oil on Sewn Canvas
84″ x 74″
2018 – 2019

Join me for the reception for Give Up the Ghost on April 4th from 5 – 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served for the First Thursday event.

Give Up the Ghost will be on display March 23-April 6 at the Walker Stone House, located at 207 W. Center St., Fayetteville, with gallery hours Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm.

Description of the Exhibition: 
The exhibition is a series of paintings representing gender difficulty and ambiguity. The artist describes the paintings as an introspective examination of her own experiences through a transgender lens.

McBroom shares her point of view using visual narratives to present moments surrounding gender transformation. Through the use of various environments she explores how singular moments build on a formation of gender identity.

Two Year Hymn Completed

February 2017 – January 2019

The last two years I have worked on a project cataloguing my hormone replacement therapy (hrt) based transition from male to female. This has been a long journey but extremely rewarding when I step back and look at the progress I have made both artistically and emotionally. The project consisted of 24 portraits that would track my physical and emotional transition. The only rules were the portrait’s had to be finished in the month they were made and contain a forward facing profile of myself depicted as I saw myself.

These rules allowed for a nuanced look at how my image changed over the months. Some of the portraits feel scarred and ghostly, some appear distorted, while others appear to be an exact copy of what I looked like at that moment.

You can find all 24 portraits by clicking here or visiting the Two Year Hymn page. Sitting in front of a mirror for two years trying to capture my features felt like an ongoing hymn repeated again and again. This piece should be viewed as a whole. However, it can be seen as individual pieces. I have chosen the web based format so you can scroll from 2019 through 2017 and take in the piece from the end to the beginning.

Gifted Show at the Lux Center for the Arts

Hey Everyone! I’m excited to have two pieces on display at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln Nebraska. “Gifted” will run from now to December 29th. My work is shown alongside Owen Buffington‘s work. Owen is a recent grad of the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. He was the second person I saw when I first arrived in Fayetteville 2.5 years ago.

Switch 24″ x 30″ Oil on Canvas 2016
Night Plant 60″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas 2017

More Info Here: 
https://www.luxcenter.org/exhibitions/gifted-holiday-show

LGBTQ+ Juried Exhibition at the Hive Mind

Rain
Rain 30″ x 24″ Oil on Canvas 2018

My painting of Rain was included in the Fluid Perspectives Exhibition at the Hive Mind, along with Robert Fitzgerald‘s work! If you’re in the area on October 18th come and see the LGBTQ+ exhibition and the many talented artists that were selected. Also be sure to check out Rain’s image in the painting section.

12-4 pm at Hive Mind on October 18th 
375 W Exchange St, Akron, OH 44302

more info:
https://www.akronsoultrain.org/event/fluid-perspectives-reception/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1891698877532204/

Artist 360 Grant Awarded

Photo by Kat Wilson

So excited to announce that I was selected for an Artist 360 grant through the Mid-Amerca Arts Alliance. I was one of two students who were selected for the Visual Arts category. I’m sharing this honor with Olivia Fredricks.

The Award for students is $1,500 and includes a workshop retreat to help develop a professional understanding of this region and how the arts will play a central role. This award was made possible by the Walton Family Foundation. 

More information can be found here:

https://artists360.art/

An explanation of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and its goals:

Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, is proud to announce the twenty artist recipients of its inaugural project and student awards. Twenty practicing and student artists will be granted a total of $114,000 to further their work in the flourishing Northwest Arkansas area arts community, representing the four counties of Benton, Carroll, Sebastian, and Washington. These artists represent a diversity of communities, a range of Northwest Arkansas educational institutions, and a wide scope of disciplines and projects. A Walton Family Foundation grant recommended by Steuart Walton and Tom Walton allows Artists 360 to provide these direct grants, as well as professional development services for the artists.

Todd Stein, President and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said, “The Artists 360 program was designed to identify and elevate the Northwest Arkansas area’s leading artists and to address critical gaps in support by providing the funding, professional development, and networking opportunities needed for them to thrive. We are deeply impressed by the depth of talent and range of artistic expression in the region as reflected in these artists, and the contributions they make in their respective communities. We are honored to invest in their work and careers.”

Artists 360 is a three-year pilot program that will serve a total of sixty individual artists from the Northwest Arkansas area by 2021. These selected artists will receive cash awards, in addition to professional development support services. The first professional development convening will take place October 12–14.