Vistas and Viewpoints
Bobbie Ann Howell, Mixed Media
March 19 — May 11, 2018
Reception & Artist Talk: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 pm (Talk at 6:15 pm)
Sponsored by Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Inc
Vistas and Viewpoints is an exhibit derived from influences found within the Nevada landscape; the places of intersection between landscape and urbanization, the edges of the desert and the sweeping lines of progress. Patterns and symbols are created to form compositions inspired by the naturally built environments and the range of things that impact human perceptions.
Bobbie Ann Howell, a native Nevadan artist grew up in beautiful Lee Canyon, a mountain community northwest of the Las Vegas valley. Born in a state that has dramatic contrasts from the desert valleys to high mountain vistas, from crowded urban centers to the open windswept spaces, each having long been a part of her life and in turn her art. According to Howell, “The array of vistas before us is continually inspiring as is the use of literal and figurative points of view. Exploring, drawing, and photographing the textures and colors that fall across the landscape while also taking note of places where intersections between our natural landscape and urbanization seep together. Patterns that evolve in contrast to organic forms that lead me into to my slight obsession of cutting snowflake and mandala patterns that become symbols within my compositions inspired by the world that surrounds us, the range of events, people, and places that impact our perceptions, elements and ideas to create works that may alter a viewpoint, and possibly to make us look twice to see or feel something more.”
Various points of view happen simultaneously in her work, the actual horizon she sees as well as the concepts and conflicts that end up together in one place. The work in this series is a contrast between the beauty of the landscape and distressing subject matter constantly in the news, a world where women and children are caught in conflict. Opening up the forms creates a sense of vulnerability, exploiting the strength and fragile nature of the paper. In some instances to make the work feel as if it were disappearing or shattering. Through this manipulation of form, it is Howell’s hope that the art become a prayer to honor the lives shattered in an instant and taken from us.
Howell attended school in Indian Springs and Las Vegas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, and her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Drawing from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. She has previously served as faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; University of Nevada Las Vegas; and the College of Southern Nevada, teaching drawing, sculpture, design, and painting. Howell currently lives in Las Vegas and is working for Nevada Humanities as program manager for Southern Nevada, as well as consulting for a number of regional cultural and arts organizations. Her artwork is held in public and private collections across the United States. In 2017, Howell received an Artist Fellowship Grant in Visual Arts from the Nevada Arts Council