This January through March, the work of North Lake College art professor Brett Dyer is featured at his first-ever solo museum show, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, Texas. It’s a homecoming for Dyer, an East Texas native who grew up near Longview.
The exhibit, entitled “Deliverance: Rescued and Set Free,” showcases around 200 of Dyer’s paintings and other artworks. The title and many of the works are autobiographical, reflecting Dyer’s own experiences growing up in small-town East Texas.
“I didn’t really feel like I fit in, growing up in a small town,” Dyer says. “Art kinda saved my life. For this show, I thought about what kind of show I wanted to see when I was growing up then.” Dyer recalls that the MFA Longview was actually the first museum he ever visited. For his return as a featured artist, he presents work that reflects his most personal themes, including liberation from tradition and the importance of human connections.
“Deliverance: Rescued and Set Free” runs from January 12 through March 23. In March, Dyer will judge a high school art show in Longview, including works by students from the school he attended. He’ll also be the guest speaker at an awards ceremony for the featured high school students.
The MFA Longview was founded in 1958, and its permanent collection includes artwork by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Admission to the museum is free for members and $5 for the general public.