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Texas Wesleyan University - Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio

Art Exhibition, Reception and Artist Lecture

Rebecca Boatman/Silent Covenants

Artist talk: 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. This is your opportunity to meet the artist and have an informal discussion about the exhibition. 

Reception: 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2

On view February 25 - March 28

Venue: All events held in the gallery in the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio, Texas Wesleyan University, 1415 E. Vaughn Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105

For additional information contact: Kit Hall, 817-531-4984 or khall@txwes.edu

Website: txwes.edu/boatman

Events are free and open to the public.

About the Artist: Texas Wesleyan University welcomes artist Rebecca Boatman to the gallery in the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio. Rebecca Boatman received her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Texas Woman's University in 1988. She is a retired art professor from Collin College in Frisco, Texas. She began her career teaching art in public schools - both elementary and high school. From 1993 through 2004, she owned The Art Annex in Coppell, Texas where she taught classes for all ages, curated a gallery and provided studios for artists in the surrounding communities.

Her work includes both sculptural and functional ceramics. Her studio is located in east Dallas and every October she participates in the White Rock Lake Artists’ Studio Tour, the oldest artist’s tour in the Metroplex. Her sculptures are included in collections throughout the U.S. including Orton International Cone Box Collection, Johnson & Johnson, Xerox Corporation, Eastman Kodak and Volunteer Hospitals of America. For the last two years, she has attended Burning Man. She has served as a bicycle docent at that event. Her other interests include world travel, history and camping.

Her forms are a compilation of African nkisi, ancient goddesses, and reliquaries that result in a response to an intuitive materialization and synthesis of personal circumstances. Boatman has developed her own personal iconography. Her creations are symbols that are spiritual and emotional. She is a collector and her studio is the beneficiary of found inspirational objects.

About the Exhibition:

In her artist statement, Boatman recalls, “The first time I saw an nkisi I was drawn to it. The nkisi is an African wooden figure with inserted nails or metal shards. It is all about power and contains a powerful spiritual force. The nails and blades connect with oaths taken by parties and are tangible artifacts of those promises. Reliquaries exist in every culture. The reliquary is the container for a relic - a surviving memorial of a person or story of significance. Sometimes we are allowed to see the relic and sometimes it is sealed away forcing us to rely on personal faith of the truth. Many of the most ancient of reliquaries are constructed of clay. More recently, I have been exploring childhood experiences and their effect on my personal philosophies.”

Make sure to celebrate the arts at Texas Wesleyan University by putting this on your calendar. 

  • Exhibition dates: Monday, Feb. 25 – Thursday, March 28
  • Artist Reception: 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2
  • Artist lecture: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7

Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All events pertaining to this exhibition take place in the gallery, are free, and open to the public. 

For further information call Kit Hall, 817-531-4984 or email khall@txwes.edu.

About Texas Wesleyan’s Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio

The renovation of the Polytechnic Firehouse to Texas Wesleyan’s new Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio is a key part of the Rosedale Renaissance, a $6.7 million project that revitalizes the Texas Wesleyan campus and Polytechnic neighborhood, and represents the University’s vision for the future.

The improvements lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable economic growth in Southeast Fort Worth, and are a central part of Texas Wesleyan’s 2020 Vision strategic plan.

The Art Studio’s mission is to serve as a cultural and academic environment for the enjoyment and critical analysis of the visual arts. Visually enriching exhibitions and informative experiences with artists, visiting classes, campus and community meetings enrich the lives of all visitors.

Free gallery events include artist gallery talks and receptions, as well as outreach activities. Reservations are required for academic classes held in the gallery, Wesleyan, and community groups. For more information, contact Kit Hall, 817-531-4984 or khall@txwes.edu.


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