June 2019 - Join us for a 3-hour escorted bus tour celebrating the art of W. Franklin Boggs
The Art Life of W. Franklin Boggs
The Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce special events occurring during the month of June in collaboration with Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art. The work of one of Beloit’s most prolific artists, the late Franklin Boggs, will be offered for viewing at several venues.
The Boggs Show will open at the Wright Museum of Art on June 7 from 4-6 p.m. and at the Beloit Art Center from 5-8 on June 7 with receptions at both locations. On June 8, the art center is sponsoring a bus tour which will begin at the art center and take participants to the college, the Beloit Historical Society, Beloit Public Library, The Confluence and Boggs’ home studio in Beloit where several pieces of his work will be displayed. Tours are set for 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Those wanting to take the bus tour should contact the Beloit Art Center for reservations at 608-313-9083 and pay the $10 fee. A bus tour on Sunday, June 9 may occur if people request enough reservations for that day.
Boggs was a Beloit College professor from 1945-1979. Throughout his career he was commissioned to produce large-scale public works pieces, but he also created smaller pieces for the local community. During WWII, he was among the combat artists sent overseas to draw and paint scenes from the war.
“We are going to recollect the career of Franklin Boggs at Beloit College and at the Beloit Art Center and attempt to further enhance our knowledge of him,” said Jerry Sveum, immediate past president of the BAC. “He had so many different talents and his work was so diverse,” Sveum said. In 1947, Boggs was named one of the best young American painters in Life magazine. Besides painting and sketching, he also photographed and later developed techniques in casting murals from concrete and more.
International artist Tom Noll will exhibit his bold abstract work during the month of May at the Beloit Art Center, 520 E. Grand Ave. His vibrant oil and acrylic pieces capture the essence of music and the rock musicians who perform it. Marketing his art worldwide with his company, Creative Bone Artworks, Inc.® he takes great pleasure in sharing these images.
It all comes full circle, he says, meeting with the people around the globe who are passionate fans of the rock artists portrayed and the displaying of the works in 25 countries.
Noll was born in Waukesha. He pursued an education in the printing and publishing areas and then received a second degree in graphic design and illustration. He worked for 35 years in the creative field. Originally, he traveled the fair circuit displaying his landscapes and figural works. In later years, he moved on to acrylics and oils as he enjoys applying thick paints and buildings color that can be applied to varied surfaces.
His attention later turned to expressionism with large pieces that filled rooms with rich free-flowing color and movement.
Noll’s work can be viewed at the Beloit Art Center beginning Friday, May 3 from 5-8 p.m. when the public is invited to the opening reception. An artist talk is set for 6 p.m.