Art Exhibit Features Works by the Late Alfredo Bustinza
Posted on Monday, September 05, 2011 [11:14 PM]
A total of 22 paintings by the late Alfredo Bustinza are on display
through Sept. 30
in the Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- An exciting exhibit of
paintings by an artist who lived in Adair County is on display
through the end of September at Lindsey Wilson College.
A total of 22 paintings by the late Alfredo Bustinza are on display in the LWC
Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery, which is located in the W.W. Slider
Humanities Center, 155 Blue Raider Drive.
"I don't think we've ever had anything like it in the past,"
said LWC Professor of Art Tim Smith, who also directs the Begley
Gallery. "To me, it's real exciting to have someone who has strong
credentials and experience, and it's also exciting because it's
style of art very uncharacteristic of what you'd expect to see in
Bustinza was born in Texas, and he worked in several U.S.
cities. He came to Adair County in the early 2000s. He died in
Born in 1957, Bustinza had his first exhibition at the age of 18
in Houston. After earning a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech
University and then a master's degree from Rutgers University,
Bustinza's work was featured in dozens of exhibitions throughout
the United States.
Bustinza's work was recognized by a number of the world's more
renowned institutions. He was nominated for "Awards in the Visual
Arts," sponsored by the Equitable Life Insurance Society, the
Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He
was also a recipient of an artistic grant funded by the
Pollock-Krasner Foundation and another grant financed by the
National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1997, Bustinza's work was archived into the Smithsonian
Institute in Washington, D.C. as a part of a permanent collection
of the American artists who were given NEA grants.
Bustinza's 22 pieces on exhibit at LWC reflect expressive
figuration that is a part of contemporary art trends.
"His work emphasizes expression more than a narrative in a
conventional sense," Smith said. "These are rich narratives, but
it's done so in a way that I think it could be argue than merely
illustrating pretty pictures."
Influences of some of the 20th century's leading artists such as
Golub, Pollack Warhol are also evident in Bustinza's 22 pieces. One
of the pieces was created in response to Eric Fischl's "Then and
Now" series, which was inspired by the events of 9/11.
"You look around and you see names that are familiar in the art
world today, especially with this type of post-modern figurative
expressionism that is characteristic in his work." Smith said. "All
of that is like a composite that is put together in his individual
Smith said he was not familiar with Bustinza's work until the
late artist's step-granddaughter Abby Gaskins brought his work to
her attention. After talking to Bustinza's widow, Norma Gaskins,
Smith arranged the show.
"It's an exciting show," Smith said. "There are things in here
that are very instructive to students, but they are also very
appealing to the casual observer as well."
Alfredo Bustinza's 22 painting are on display through Sept.
30 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C. Begley Art Gallery.
Gallery hours are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. CT Monday-Friday. For more
information, contact LWC Professor of Art Tim Smith at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 384-8079.