Date of this Version
Sheldon Solo MEMORIAL ART GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, JUNE 1 - AUGUST 21, 1994
character n -S 1: a distinctive differentiating mark: ... d: a conventionalized figure, representation, or expression ... 2: CHARACTERISTIC: as a 0): one of the essentials of structure, form, materials, or function that together make up and usually distinguish the individual: any feature used to separate distinguishable things (as organisms) into categories ... (3): the aggregate of distinctive qualities characteristic of a breed, strain, or type b: the complex of accustomed mental and moral characteristics and habitual ethical traits marking a person, group, or nation or serving to individualize it c: main or essential nature esp. as strongly marked and serving to distinguish: individual composite of salient traits, consequential characteristics, features giving distinctive tone ... 4 obs: APPEARANCE: outward and visible quality or trait ...
As part of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery's responsibility and mission to reflect and document the historical development of the visual arts of the United States, we have a commitment to respond to those artists within our own region who contribute to that development. It is within this context that we present Characters: Portraits by Robert Weaver as one of the Sheldon Solo series. Lincoln artist, Robert Weaver, has established a regional reputation for his artistic effort and achievements, but he also has become a well-known "character" because of his artistic independence and personality. This current exhibition focuses on Weaver's recent highly charged and bold portrait paintings of local, powerful and influential individuals that capture the subjects/ personalities with directness and honesty, often revealing the nature of both the artist and the sitter.