The exhibition, “LINEAGE-Tom Flowers & Family” will be on exhibit at the Thompson Gallery at the Furman University Art Department from October 5 until November 2. Opening reception is October 19 from 6-8 PM at the gallery. Tom Flowers is the father of Mark Flowers and Tia Flowers, grandfather of Carson Higby-Flowers and Morgan Higby-Flowers, father-in-law of Kristy Higby and grandfather-in-law of Virginia Griswold.
He is Professor Emeritus of Art at Furman University, has won numerous national and local awards for his creative work, including a Duke Endowment Award, and a Fulbright Grant to travel and study in India. He received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University, and his MFA degree from the University of Iowa. He taught at Ottawa University in Kansas, and at East Carolina University, in North Carolina, before coming to Furman University where he spent most of his career as Art Professor and Head of the Art Department. After retiring from Furman in 1989, Flowers enjoys working in his studio in north Greenville. He participated in the annual Greenville Open Studios Weekend for many years.
“First of all I am an artist. I have a passion for life and nature and I express it through my art. I am a painter and a sculptor. I observe as much as I can see, and I am always looking for things, or visions, that I could use effectively in my artwork. I work on something visual everyday: either sketching or painting watercolor in my sketchbook, chipping away at a current sculpture project, or putting paint on a canvas or paper. Life is always a learning experience for me.”
(photos by Will Crooks/Greenville Journal)
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