Cumberland University


Tree Stories

Senior Exhibit by Aaron Brown


The Adams Gallery in the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center is pleased to present “Tree Stories,” a show of recent work by Aaron C. Brown. The wood-grain inspired creations represent the development and maturation of the artist. The works are created from carefully selected pieces of wood that are developed into detailed compositions using the grain from the   panels. This show is Brown’s Senior Exhibit, in partial fulfillment of the B.F.A Degree in Studio Art with Teaching Licensure in Art Education at Cumberland University.

The inspiration for the collection of mixed-media pieces is based on Brown’s evolution as an artist and the contrasting styles between his freshman and senior years of developing artwork. The artwork stems from Brown’s childhood experiences outside, with his brother and sister, using solely whatever they could imagine, as an engine to their play. 

The artwork is a wake-up, to the imagination, of the viewer’s inner child. By using an everyday image pattern such as that of wood grain, Brown focuses on the brain’s ability to create images, from the seemingly mundane, into detailed pieces of art. Leading up to the show, Brown has received several commissions and has been awarded Most Outstanding Drawing Student, Most Outstanding 3D Design Student, and Most Outstanding Art Education Student at Cumberland University where his work is also displayed throughout the campus. He was also chosen as a student counselor for the Governor’s School for the Arts at MTSU during the summer of 2011.