Opening this January, our Café Arts space will feature a selection of monumental charcoal drawings by Chris Troutman, Assistant Professor of Art at Lamar University. Before moving to Beaumont, Troutman lived in Japan, where he returns annually, as well as Illinois, California, Kentucky and Indiana. Much of his imagery references these geographic locales, exploring the relationship between memory and pictorial expression. His pieces are large in scale and divided into multiple sections, building a continuous narrative throughout his composition.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Troutman graduated from Bradley University in 2003. He moved to Japan that same year, where he and his wife opened a conversational English school. Upon his return to the states, he received his graduate degree from California State University in 2008. He currently teaches drawing at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.
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