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Senior Featured in Arts@Averett Show

October 6, 2011

By Courtney Martin

Averett University's Arts@Averett Series will feature the art work of senior Billy Newcomb. Newcomb is a native of Danville and is pursuing a major in art and a minor in biology. He has been a part of the Averett community since 2006. He came to Averett because it kept him in his hometown.

"I chose art as my major because when I started at Averett I loved art, I still do, but I also thought that it was the only thing that I could do," said Newcomb. His favorite medium is pen and ink, but he also likes to explore other mediums such as acrylics and oils.

Newcomb does not classify himself with one genre, but he is highly influenced by the Art Nouveau style, which is often reflected in his creations. Art Nouveau was constructed during the 20th century. It means new art and this form of art is featured by depicting leaves and flowers in twisting lines. "I'm just inspired by the old run-of-the mill thought, people or music," Newcomb said. He believes that his art teaches something new about him each day and he also hopes to give others a sense of who he is as a person.

Newcomb plans to pursue teaching endorsements for art and science while here at Averett. After graduation, he plans on pursuing his masters in art history and archeology/paleontology.

His art work will be featured in Jut's Café in the Student Center on the first floor from September 30 until October 28. This event is free and open to the public.