Visiting Artist: Aaron Fowler

In one of the most impactful pieces on view in Aaron Fowler: Tough Love at Beeler Gallery, St. Louis native Aaron Fowler has composed a striking dual portrait of Ferguson, Missouri, shooting victim Michael Brown and his mother.

The work, titled He Was, is an altar-like, room-sized installation that uses paint, hair extensions, rope, found plywood and the eulogy that Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, wrote for her son.

Fowler received his BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2011 and his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2014. He is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann 2015 Emerging Artist Grant (New York) and was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2014.

Fowler will talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Canzani Center Screening Room at Columbus College of Art & Design (60 Cleveland Ave.). The event is part of the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series and is free and open to the public.

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Aaron Fowler
Canzani Center Screening Room