November 4 - February 4 at Festival Hall
A solo exhibition by local artist and former art teacher James Neiswender featuring oil bar and oil paints.
My interest in early man,
love of nature, backpacking,
and camping merge
standing in awe on mountain ridges,
overlooking the immensity of the universe,
watching sky, air, clouds, oceans, stars surrounding me.
Symbols of animals (deer and eagle)
are used to create metaphors about life
and man’s impact on our earth.
We are all children of Mother Earth,
regardless of skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation,
political viewpoint, or religious affiliation.
Each of us may help heal our earth, or not.
Man’s current course toward greed and gaining political power at
any cost pushes the world closer to early extinction
as we approach the point of No Return.
Born in Washington, D.C., James Neiswender grew up in Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama. He has lived and worked in Alabama, New York, California, Ohio, Florida, and Texas as a practicing artist utilizing printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, and mixed-media. Degrees from Pratt Institute (MFA, Printmaking/Painting), University of Cincinnati (M.A. Art Education), and University of Alabama (BFA, Printmaking/Painting) gave him solid studio art experiences. Art collections of IBM and Southern Bell in Cincinnati own suites of his artwork.
Art experiences include artist-in-residences for the Ohio Arts Council (17 different school districts in Ohio), mural painting, teaching in community art centers and at the Cincinnati Institute of Art, as well as teaching printmaking and figure drawing out of my studio, and 31 years teaching art in public education (20 years Palm Beach County School District, FL; 11 years in Texas at Marcus HS, Flower Mound, LISD). Three of his students garnered national recognition in the National Scholastic Art Awards Competitions. He was a recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation “Teacher-as-Artist Program” in Colorado Springs, Colorado to further develop his artwork.
James participates in art exhibitions in Denton, Dallas, Fort Worth and the region and is a member of the Visual Arts Society of Texas. In 2020, he joined the Denton Poets’ Assembly to challenge himself in creative poetry writing, resulting in winning poems in Poetry Society of Texas (2021) and 2022 National Federation of State Poetry Societies competitions, as well as inclusion in two anthologies of poems. He has participated as a visual artist and poet in Merging Visions Exhibitions, a collaboration of DPA poets and visual artists in the area.