Art by Ke Francis on display at Piedmont museum



An exhibit by painter, printmaker, and book maker Ke Francis titled “Narrative Works” is on view now through Feb. 21 at the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. A public reception for Francis will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the same location.

The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art is located at 567 Georgia Street in downtown Demorest and is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Born in Tupelo, Miss., Francis is a professor in fine arts at University of Central Florida and also owns “Hoop Snake Press,” which publishes books and art prints. He spends his time between Mississippi and Florida.

Francis’s work is inspired by subjects that are familiar to him through his travels. “Recorded images and stories from my travels are the raw materials of my narrative work,” he said. Since the majority of his time is spent in the Southeast, his art is most reflective of that environment. 

While his work naturally springs from the most available visual resources, he also attempts to integrate concepts and images that have been passed down from a variety of cultural sources. It is the integration of these collective ideas, along with the use of first-hand regional idioms and personal environmental references that makes his work American.