Fletcher Cox benches

The department is absolutely delighted to showcase the beautiful new sculptural benches in the Lewis Art Gallery, made this past summer by the nationally-known woodworker Fletcher Cox. Fletcher is a long-time resident of Tougaloo, MS, whose work is in the permanent collection of the White House in Washington, D.C., and the Mississippi Museum of Art, among other museums. His public commissions include pieces (often large–scale interior woodworking) in the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, the Mississippi Craft Center, the Federal Courthouse in Jackson, and the Eudora Welty Library, as well as various churches in Mississippi and Alabama. Fletcher won the Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement in 2006. When asked in an interview where he gets the ideas for his work, Fletcher responded, “Ruminations on the human condition” – exactly what we want to be happening in our gallery! An excellent article on Fletcher can be found here: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/08/fletcher-cox-negotiates-with-nature/

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