The North Carolina Museum of Art

Word Up: The Intersection of Text and Image

Shaun Richards, The Campaign, 2011, acrylic, mixed media, oil, and gold leaf on canvas, 96 x 121 inches, Courtesy of the artist, © 2011 Shaun Richards

July 22, 2012–January 20, 2013

North Carolina Gallery

In an era increasingly dominated by mass media and characterized by a constant barrage of information, text has taken on significance as both a conveyor and inhibitor of meaning, particularly when combined with visual resources. Featuring nearly 30 paintings and drawings, including some that have never been exhibited, Word Up: the Intersection of Text and Image highlights the work of six contemporary North Carolina artists with a common denominator in their oeuvres: the use of text in two-dimensional art. Word Up will feature work from Mathew Curran, Lincoln Penn Hancock, Nathaniel Lancaster, Shaun Richards, Gabriel Shaffer, and Derek Toomes.

Word Up is part of a series of exhibitions dedicated to the art and artists of North Carolina. As part of the NCMA’s ongoing commitment to the citizens of our state, the North Carolina Gallery exhibits the work of emerging and established North Carolina artists. Solo and thematic exhibitions rotate twice a year and draw from loans and the Museum’s permanent collection.

Word Up: The Intersection of Text and Image is organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. Support provided by the George Smedes Poyner Family Foundation. This exhibition is also made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.