Exhibition Dates July 22, 2017 – January 22, 2018

Memory: Something remembered from the past; a recollection. Immortal: living forever

Memories, visions, and dreams elicit stories about personal experiences, histories, and cultures. They are a part of the human experience. Elie Wiesel once said, “Without memory, there is no culture … there would be no civilization, no society, no future,” yet, with time, memories can fade, become lost, or forgotten. Writers, filmmakers, and artists alike play a vital role in not only keeping memories, dreams, and visions alive but immortal. North Carolina-born and Atlanta-based artist Miya Bailey does just this in his new exhibition, Immortal. This exhibition, created for the Gantt Center, explores Bailey’s personal memories of happiness and pain and how artists immortalize people, places, and the past through the visual arts.

Movement, figures and vivid colors are seen throughout Bailey’s work; each image represents an escape from today’s world into the recollections of the past. This exhibit invites the viewer to relinquish control and allow the mind to wander into Bailey’s personal history as well as their own.

The Artist
Miya Bailey (b. 1975) was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Currently residing in Atlanta, Bailey is an illustrator, film producer, painter, celebrity tattoo artist and founder of City of Ink Tattoo shop. Bailey is passionate about art, family and education. He uses his gifts to extol the importance of the arts in one’s community and to encourage art enthusiasts to support living artists through collecting. in the university’s collection and was also featured in the Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition, Calico, in December 2016.

Image credits: Miya Bailey. Reproduction photo credit: Philippe Bertrand.