Description: BOB THOMPSON, (1937-1966) - In 1957, the same year that Federal troops were called in to escort black students in Little Rock, Bob Thompson, an African American artist, was granted an Allen R. Hite Art Scholarship to study at the University of Louisville. In 1959 he left Louisville for New York where he quickly and steadily gained success. In his brief life, Thompson produced well over 1,000 works, many of them monumental in scale and ambition. Although Thompson has been the subject of many exhibitions across the country, including a major retrospective at the Whitney in 1998, he is still not well-known in his hometown of Louisville. Seeking Bob Thompson will reintroduce the city of Louisville to one of its brightest talents.
This exhibition is presented as part of the University of Louisville Fine Arts Department 75th Anniversary Celebration.
Description: For more than ten years Stephen
Cartwright has recorded his exact
latitude, longitude and elevation
every hour of every day. This data
is embodied physically in his
sculptural objects. While working in
the exhibit industry, making displays
and prototypes, Cartwright was
introduced to the possibilities of
digital fabrication, a technique he
frequently uses in his current work.
Cartwright was lured away from the
exhibit industry to complete several
grand bicycle journeys through
North America, Europe and Asia,
totaling more than 20,000 miles. He
relished the complete immersion in
the landscape and culture that selfcontained
bicycle travel afforded.
While Cartwright continues his work
related to his latitude and longitude
recordings, other recent work
focuses on human alteration of the
Cartwright earned a BA in Studio
Art from the University of California,
Davis and an MFA in Sculpture from
Tyler School of Art. Cartwright is
currently an assistant professor in
sculpture at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign and longs for
the topographical relief that informs