Prayer house #7

Julessa Oglen

Managing Editor

Robert Gibson, an art professor at MUW, was recently accepted into the 40th annual Bi-State Competition in Meridian, Miss., for his artwork entitled “Prayer House #7.”

His piece, “Prayer House #7” is representational of the human spirit and the ongoing battle between good and evil.

Gibson’s piece is part of an ongoing series of sculpture houses that are fabricated out of exotic wood, lost wax-casted silver metal and metal fretwork.

His work is currently on display at the Meridian Museum of Art. Gibson’s artwork has been accepted into the competition five times and has also been featured in several group and solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast.

“Being accepted is an honor and is validation that my work is competitive and relevant. I also hope it is a way to provoke and engage an audience, and it is satisfying to be part of an exhibition that is typically very competitive,” said Gibson.

The Bi-State competition is the museum’s prestigious annual exhibit that recognizes and celebrates outstanding artistic achievements by artists. This year, more than 65 pieces were chosen for the exhibition out of 240 entries.

The award ceremony was held Saturday, Sept. 28.