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Richard Knowles and Steve Langdon were well-loved in the Memphis art community and by the students and faculty lucky enough to encounter their respective tenures at what was then Memphis State University. For 30 years, they taught drawing and painting until both retired in 1999 to create and travel, like the artists they were. The University of Memphis will honor the late professors — Langdon passed away in 2002, Knowles last year — with an exhibition of works characteristic of their passions and teaching styles. The opening reception for "Memories" will take place this Friday, October 7th.

Curated by Lawrence Edwards, professor emeritus and former chair of the university's art department, the tribute will showcase Knowles' proficiency in the world of abstract expressionism alongside Langdon's clever flair within meticulous drawings and some early paintings.

As a painter, Knowles expressed a particular fondness for nature — capturing aerial landscapes, figures in water, forests, deserts, mountains, and canyons. The exhibition will also feature pieces stemming from his interest in Eastern philosophies and personal desires as an artist.

Langdon's works in graphite, ink, and Prismacolor explore his loving observations of diverse physical qualities. The intimacy he conveys calls for careful consideration from the viewer.

"Memories" at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. Opening reception: Friday, October 7th, 5-7:30 p.m. Through January 7th, 2012.

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