Saturday, March 13, 2010

Calligrapher Timothy R. Botts: Bound for Glory - Chicago-Area Show

Artwork by Calligrapher Timothy R. Botts, Inspired by Spirituals, Now on Display
March 18, 2010

New artwork by calligrapher and illustrator Timothy R. Botts will be on display in the Billy Graham Center Museum at Wheaton College through September 8, 2010.

The exhibit, titled, “Bound for Glory: New Work by Timothy Botts” is a collection of more than 30 works of art inspired by African-American spirituals.

An artist’s reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 18, with a performance by members of the Wheaton College Gospel Choir.

“With this new body of work I want to celebrate the incredible gift of music that African Americans gave to the church and to the whole world,” Botts says. “It is especially amazing that these people who, though enslaved by Christians, saw through their hypocrisy and met the real Jesus. I pray that the visual interpretations of this spirit-filled music will be an instrument of healing and reconciliation among us.”

The pieces incorporate influences from traditional American quilts, and from the quilts of the Gees Bend community in Alabama. Botts was also inspired by traditional African art and writing systems, as well as by urban graffiti.

Award-winning author and journalist Patricia Raybon provided captions for the works. Her personal essays on faith, family and race relations have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, and other nationally recognized media outlets.

Bound for Glory: New Work by Timothy R. Botts opened March 4, and will be on display through September 8, 2010. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $4 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors, $1 for children under twelve and $10 for families.

The Billy Graham Center Museum is located at 500 College Avenue in Wheaton (campus map). The museum offers free parking and is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 630.752.5909 or visit
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