His art has been seen in galleries in New Orleans and Washington D.C. as well as Ocean Springs and Laurel.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 18, and through Thursday, March 14, the painting, sculptures and drawings by John Marshall will be on display in the Miller Art Gallery located in the Davidson Fine Arts Center on the Meridian Community College campus.
The opening reception for Marshall’s show is Monday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. Community residents are encouraged to attend.
Marshall, who has worked as an MCC art instructor for 32 years, has created new works while blending some of his earlier art for this 40-piece show. “It is a small glimpse of the work that I have been making for a number of years now,” he said. He describes his newest art as “landscape shifts and movements of color with an aggressive gestural technique.” Marshall adds, “I hope my work helps to inspire others and provides a bit of happiness to all.”
In addition to teaching art, Marshall has served as the curator of the Miller Art Gallery where he has curated more than 190 artists exhibits.
Marshall received his master’s of fine arts from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, his bachelor’s of fine arts from Middle Tennessee State University and an associate of arts from Motlow State Community College. He’s also studied at The University of the South.
He has received the Holliday Family Professional Development Award, Arts Educator of the Year Award, Europe Study travel grant, Teacher of the Year Award, Mississippi Lamplighters Award, Outstanding In Teaching Award and Active Learning Award and was selected as Humanities Professor of the Year in 2010.
Recently, he served as an honored judge for the National Women in the Arts, Mississippi Chapter, art exhibit at the Meridian Museum of Art.
Paintings and sculptures are not his only expression of art. Marshall also is a member of the Museum Preservation Society Band in which he plays lead guitar and sings. The band was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2015 by the Meridian Museum of Art for the band’s contributions to the museum and community.
“I have been blessed to be able to do the two things I have always enjoyed in life: to make art and teach,” Marshall said.
The MCC Miller Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.