Magazine Features Work of E&H Art Professor12.04.2005
An oil painting by an Emory & Henry College art professor has been published in the fall 2005 issue of The Oxford American (OA) magazine.
The painting by Charles Goolsby, entitled "Line of Fire II" (2002), is featured as an OA Gallery selection. According to the magazine, the works selected for publication in this printed gallery represent The Oxford American's "highly opinionated, idiosyncratic, and (we hope) inspiring take on Southern art."
Magazine editors scoured galleries, museums, libraries, archives and other sources for several months in search of distinctive work by Southern artists. After discovering works by Goolsby, OA editors asked him to submit five samples, from which they chose one for publication.
"What we discovered was an overwhelming amount of brilliant art, both historical and contemporary in every discipline," the magazine reports. "In the end, our objective became, simply, to provide our readers with a provocative visual experience."
Goolsby's painting, which appears on page 138 of the magazine, is a 60-inch-by-80-inch oil painting on linen. The abstract work features a tumult of dark hues billowing from and around streams of gold and burnt orange.
With primary interests in painting and printmaking, Goolsby is an acclaimed artist with a zeal for art that is expressed both on the canvas and in the classroom. In 2001, he was awarded fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. In 1997, he received the Professional Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for a series of monotypes based on the Hillman Highway area of Washington County, Va.
His work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States. Since 1980, his art has been featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions at art centers, museums, colleges and universities in Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee.