Clarksville photographer Gil Lebois will present his exhibit, “US of U of O,” from Nov. 14-22 in the Stephens Gallery as part of the University of the Ozarks’ Artist of the Month Series.
There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
“US of U of O” is a collection of black and white photography featuring more than a 100 students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University. The project took part over several weeks earlier this semester.
Lebois said he wanted to capture the essence of the Ozarks family in the series of photographs.
Gil Lebois’ black and white photography exhibit, “US of U of O,” will be displayed from Nov. 14-22 in the Stephens Gallery. View a larger version of this image.
“We all do our best to be ‘stars’ of ourselves in the line of our present and our future,” he said. “My idea of showing this was by blending large groups, small groups, and individual faces in a series of strips. I could have easily titled it, “Stars and Stripes.'”
Lebois, a native of Saint-Etienne, France, has been a professional photographer for more than 35 years.
“This job has changed a lot and may be one day it will disappear,” Lebois said. “It’s probably one of the most transversal jobs you will ever have. You meet, love, and admire so many different people and discover so many places. This job still feeds my mind and gives shapes to my projects.”
Lebois said his ultimate goal is to let his photography speak to the audience.
“I have always struggled talking about myself and about my work,” he said. “I would much rather watch people looking at my work. I always believe they can understand what I have to say through my photos.”
Gil Leboishas been a professional photographer for more than 35 years.