ARTS ET CULTURE: veteran works of art exhibited at the OU Southern gallery – La Tribune


All 30 works by Mark Tobin Moore will be on display at the Ohio University Southern Art Gallery until December 3.

Moore is an artist based in Charleston, West Virginia, who began drawing as a child and graduated in art while serving in the US Navy.

Describing himself as a “service kid,” he grew up on US Army and US Air Force bases in the States and overseas.

“Making my art and making it grow, really, is what gives my life meaning,” Moore said. “I am always happy to show my work. I’m not particular about the place, as long as it goes out into the world. Talking about it is more of a challenge because of the word my in its description. I never really think it’s mine. The painting process is a conversation with another presence, whom I respect and honor each time by giving nothing less than my best effort, ideas and empathy.

He started drawing as a child, making pencil drawings of Civil War battlefields, and began creating his own comics based on “Sgt. Rock and Easy Company” and “Sgt. Fury and his screaming commandos He began to paint realistic pieces inspired by the Civil War.

He joined the US Navy in 1972 and served as a staff on the destroyer USS Sierra, and became a station warden at the Naval Reserve Center, South Charleston, West Virginia. In his spare time, he attended the University of Charleston.

After leaving the Navy in 1983, he attended Marshall University Graduate School and earned a Masters of Arts and worked for the US Army in Europe as a Civilian Oversight Art Specialist at Giessen Depot Arts and Crafts Center, and later as Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Art at the West Virginia State Museum, Charleston, West Virginia. He also worked as an assistant professor and earned an MFA in art from the University of West Virginia. He worked as an instructor and assistant art professor for 20 years at several colleges and universities in West Virginia.

His art has been exhibited nationwide and abroad, and his works are in numerous private collections in the United States and Germany.

Moore is the author of “Hank Keeling: A Life in Art – A Retrospective”, Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program, 2011, and is a signing member of the National Collage Society in Cleveland.

Her works are currently on display at the Military Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Honfleur Gallery / Anacostia Art Center in Washington, DC

He is part of a veteran artist group called UnitingUS headquartered in Northern Virginia.

The opening hours of the gallery are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.


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