Monday, November 12, 2012

Travis Whitfield photos from Keatchie, La, in the 1970's on display at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum; reception Thurs, Nov 15, 5 to 7 pm

Chronicling the lives of the older African American residents of Keachi (Keatchie), Louisiana, seemed a natural pursuit for painter Travis Whitfield in the 1970's. He captured his friends through painting, photography and audio recordings.

"Further on Down the Road" is a multi-media exhibit offering those images to the world.

Whitfield was raised near the small town of Linden, Texas. He grew up in primitive living conditions, he says. As a child, Travis started drawing from nature.

Travis was a "country boy," as he puts it, but graduated from the University of Houston (BFA, '68).

In the early 1970's he was at Tamarind Institute (a lithography workshop) in Albuquerque and taught watercolor at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

He moved to Keachi, where he had previously worked. There he established his studio and began the recording of faces and stories that have resulted in this show.

"Further on Down the Road" opens Thurs, Nov 15 and continues through Fri, March 15, 2013. No charge.

See images and story at

LSEM: (318) 632-2020

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