Department of Art's David LeDoux Commemorative Exhibition and Reception at MTSU

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The MTSU Department of Art's Todd Art Gallery has announced a commemorative exhibition of work by the late David G. LeDoux, retired Professor Emeritus and professor of painting from 1956 through 1994. Entitled "David LeDoux: A Life in Paint", an opening reception is scheduled Monday, May 23, 2016, 5-7 p.m., Todd Hall, room 224A. The exhibit which closes Friday, May 27 features an assortment of work he and wife Pat donated to the department shortly before his death in 2010.

Referring to the collection Mrs. LeDoux stated, "David spent 38 years teaching art and it was such a huge part of his life. He wanted his work to be seen and believed in the importance of education. He wanted to give back by donating some of his paintings to the MTSU Department of Art for scholarships to benefit current students, which is why we created the David LeDoux Department of Art scholarship."

Each piece from the collection is available for purchase and all proceeds go to the scholarship. His works are spectacular examples of abstract expressionism. LeDoux is also remembered for painting in periods of color as a way to fully develop his understanding of a color and the experience it offered the viewer of each piece. The exhibit showcases more than 20 years of work. From 1985-90 he focused on the dynamic yet subtle variety found through the differing shades of black. From 1990-95 his style changed to highlight the vivid emotion that red provides the artist. This was followed by 1995-2000's focus on the exuberance of violet as he began a transition that would lead to a period of works focusing on the warm and dramatic nature of blue.

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While the exhibit is largely composed of paintings from LeDoux's black, red, and violet periods Pat has also provided additional pieces. Among this group are four of her favorites including a LeDoux self-portrait, one from his blue period, and ten paper paintings to round out the concluding years of his life's work.

Additionally, one of LeDoux's final interviews taped by former student E. K. Waller will be presented during the exhibit and reception. He will be remembered for contributing a great deal to the Department of Art's program and curriculum. "David was a man of great talent and a strong supporter of the department and his students. This exhibit is a way for all to celebrate his life." stated Jean Nagy, former chair of the Department of Art.

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"At the End, a Little Refinement, Not too Much," an oft-referenced LeDoux comment from his teaching years succinctly defines his artistic philosophy and his commitment to MTSU painting majors, the recipients of the LeDoux Scholarship awarded each year.

• GALLERY HOURS: Located on the second floor of MTSU's Todd Building, the Todd Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. weekdays and closed on all state and university holidays. Admission is free and exhibits are open to the public.

For more information regarding this exhibit contact Eric Snyder at 615-­898-5653 or esnyder@mtsu.edu.

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