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Yvette L. Cummings | Everything Will Be Ok

June 16 – September 19, 2020

Yvette L. Cummings, a figurative artist in Conway, SC, explores the implied power of the gaze. Gazes can often reflect emotion without speech and offer information about relationships between those doing the gazing, whether that be the viewer of a painting or the subjects pictured in the painting itself. Cummings’ colorful, pattern-filled paintings and installations delight the eye while simultaneously revealing serious undertones in their imagery — messages of conflict expressed from the viewpoint of a sexual abuse survivor. According to Cummings, “By making viewers aware of their discomfort, possibly even through similar or shared experiences, the works are intended to stimulate conversation — and, hopefully, inspire change.” The figures in her work serve to deconstruct the societal gaze, if you will, that we impose on the
female form and the expectations that come with youth and beauty. Cummings received her MFA at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2003. She is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Arts in Painting and Drawing at Coastal Carolina University.

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Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.