Brian Alworth’s ‘Peaceful Solitude’ Opens July 7 in Crisp Museum

“Peaceful Solitude: The Film Photography of Brian Alworth” opens on Friday, July 7, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning July 7. An opening reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. that evening, with an artist’s talk scheduled at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 20. Admission is free.

Alworth is the second recipient invited to present a Crisp Museum Southeast Solo Exhibition, given to a living artist in the Southeast region who has produced a sufficient body of work, has not had a solo museum exhibition and has made contributions of their time and artistic talents to their community.

“Photography for me has always been about seeing things that perhaps others don’t see,” Alworth said. “I’m the guy that will wander away from the crowd. I tend to see the world at a bit of a distance, as if from behind a sort of virtual lens. Perhaps this is an advantage when it comes to spotting moments of quiet beauty, whether patterns of light on the wall of a narrow slot canyon or late afternoon sun through a stand of aspen in September.”

Specializing in medium and large format film photography, Alworth has recently been drawn to black and white photography. The quiet, deliberate and contemplative process involved in the creating of a black and white image using a manual, non-metered camera is a contrast to digital photography with software-enabled manipulation. His works highlight that while images can be duplicated with enough software, the experience cannot.

Alworth is a meteorologist for KFVS12’s First Alert Weather Team in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He is an avid outdoorsman and photographer. He has exhibited his work at The Gallery in Marquand, Missouri, and the Crowe Gallery and Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Gallery in Cape Girardeau.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.