Cumberland University


Adams Gallery Hosts Senior Art Exhibit


Karrie Porter appears in Raphael's "Donna Velata." Porter's senior art exhibit incorporates real people into famous Renaissance Era works of art through digital editing.

The Adams Gallery at Cumberland University, located in the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center, will feature intriguing exhibits by a pair of talented art students through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008.

Both artists, Kathy Keith and Karrie Porter, will soon graduate from Cumberland University's School of Music and the Arts. Artwork by both students is also included in the "Future Now: Mid-State Art Majors" exhibit on display in Nashville's Frist Center for the Visual Arts through Dec. 31.

Keith, a double-major in psychology and art, became engaged to Sgt. Caleb Foster -- a member of the Kentucky National Guard -- earlier this year. During Foster's 15-month tour in Iraq, he sent photographs to Keith to share his experiences at war. Keith has produced a series of paintings based on some of these images in an attempt to better understand her fiancée's experiences in Iraq. Keith is a native of Goodlettsville.

Porter, who transferred to Cumberland after relocating to nearby Watertown in 2005, is an accomplished photographer with a strong interest in the arts. She is exhibiting a series of photographs based on well-known Renaissance paintings. Using student volunteers as models, Porter recreated several Renaissance works from a new point of view. Her rendition of Da Vinci's "Last Supper," for example, is set in the University's historic Baird Chapel and is seen as if from the eyes of the apostle seated at the end of the table. Other works incorporate images of real people imposed into famous Renaissance portraits through the use of advanced digital editing techniques.

"It's an interesting, creative and different way of interpreting art from the past," Porter commented.

The Adams Gallery at the Heydel Fine Arts Center will be open daily, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., through Thursday, Dec. 20. After closing for the holidays, the gallery will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. The senior art exhibit is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission to the gallery. Don't miss out on this incredible exhibit!