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Murfreesboro Art Committee
The Murfreesboro Art Committee is responsible for advancing the awareness and support of our visual arts resources in Murfreesboro and for scheduling exhibitions of community artists and artists of local interest in the rotunda of City Hall, city schools, parks and other facilities.  The committee is also responsible for encouraging gifts of art to the city. The committee consists of seven members who are appointed for three-year terms.  The committee was created by Resolution of the City Council on August 15, 1991.

Current members and their terms are listed in the directory of boards and commissions. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Committee Liaison Jennifer Moody.


Artwork Showcase
The City Hall rotunda offers artists an ideal forum to showcase their work with more than 606 square feet in the main round of the rotunda, and another 550-plus square feet along the stairways. The open two-story ceiling with indirect natural light and fluorescent lighting work together to perfectly highlight the artist's talent. 

Exhibits in the rotunda are free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except observed holidays. City Hall is located at 111 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Take a look at the current year's schedule of exhibits.  Please email Committee Liaison Jennifer Moody if you wish to request consideration concerning the scheduling of future exhibit your work in City Hall.

Art in the rotunda is composed of wall hanging spaces within its lower chamber and sections that lead to and traverse the stairway leading to second floor offices. Please click here if you wish to view the dimensions of the gallery area

Current exhibit:
Artists Sibley Barlow and William Slinkard

Sibley Barlow presents "Greyline Performance":  Lines within these paintings are placed as closely together as possible while maintaining a defining gap. This repeated process takes a great deal of concentration as well as a significant slowing of an everyday gesture. Exaggerating the speed at which an action is carried forth has potential of altering our perception of time. As line is the central figure in the representation of time and history, what can be said about the speed at which it manifests? Here, time is simultaneously stretched and condensed in the finality of a filled page.

Sibley Barlow is also exhibiting "Prayer Rugs":  These paintings are representative of Islamic prayer rugs. The frames adhere to the standard size of such rugs, through the canvas has been separated from this standard through the process of disassembling. Using blues and repetitive lines, I hope to bring to mind vast stretches of ocean. These paintings are a reflection upon conflict. One of the world's oldest and most rich cultures has become fragmented - their very long history threatened in time's equivalent to a blink of an eye.

Sibley Barlow explores ideas surrounding time, identity, labor, and repetition particularly as they relate to the body. His work privileges process and seeks to consolidate performance with the object. He works primarily in painting, drawing, performance, and installation.  Sibley was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received his BFA from Ball State University. He currently lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

William Slinkard presents a collection of Color Field paintings.  Color Field painting is a subset of Abstract Expressionism that evolved in post war America of the late 1940's and came to maturation in the 1950's.  This style treats the painting as a field of vision devoid of central focus, emphasizing the flatness of surface and paint, as well as, the tension created by the juxtaposition and interaction of color areas.  Classic Color Field painting is meant to be viewed so as to fill the viewer's entire field of vision with color.  This experience floods the eyes with color, saturating the mind, and allowing the resonating energy and power produced by color to be sensed by the viewer.

A philosophical underpinning for this movement is the concept of The Sublime, and its associated qualities as established by the Anglo-Irish philosopher Burke. These qualities include openness of dimension, emptiness, vastness, oneness, and a lack of boundaries. Use of this concept freed the artist from the idea of subject. This idea, finally eliminated the need for an identifiable subject, as had always previously existed in formal painting. Large loose blocks of color and their interaction with themselves, become the essence of the work. This paradigm shift allowed color and its interactions with light to become the object.

The works in this exhibit flow from these streams of thought.  A painting's colors are optical and don't exist without the interactions of light. These works have multiple layers of paint, glazes and varnishes to attempt to provide richness and depth of color that is often missing from earlier and more "classic" Color Field work. The numerous layers of pigment and medium allow light penetration past the surface and into the painting, providing a more complex reflection for decoding into an image by our visual center.  This deeper depth of color provides an additional opportunity for the color tension aspect, of color field theory, to be developed in all three dimensions, in contrast to the standard planar concept of the original Color Field artists.

William Slinkard lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and has a passion for painting large scale abstract color field paintings.  Self taught, William started painting in the early 2000's.

Exhibits in the Rotunda are free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for observed holidays. City Hall is located at 111 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

For questions about the exhibit and reception contact City Hall: 615-893-5210.