Rockport Center for the Arts | "San Antonio Artist Tim Olson Creates “Textual” Drawings and Paintings for Opus Miniscule His Maiden Rockport Show"


Since 1994 Tim Olson, who calls San Antonio home, has had fifteen solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries and art spaces in Texas, Minnesota, Oregon, New York, and Colorado. He has had dozens more group shows across the entire country. His work has captivated thousands of art collectors. He has garnered awards such as: The Rocket’s Science Award at The University Art Gallery at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth (2003); the Juror’s Choice at Core New Art Space in Denver (1997); The Dalzatto Award First Place at Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University (1993); and Honorable Mention at the Bemidji Arts Center – the last two in Bemidji, Minnesota. In 2014, his work was published in Poets and Artists Magazine in a story entitled Power of Drawing.

Olson was raised on a series of farms on the outskirts of Zumbrota, Minnesota. The farms date back to the late 1800s and the buildings and landscapes were scattered with old tools and equipment, the remains from previous owners. Zumbrota is a small southeastern town along the Zumbro River. “I was in a graduating class of 59 students” he says. In 1996, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts-Painting at Bemidji State University. To earn extra money for school he worked in group homes with people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. Besides creating art he presently works at a Junior High School in the Special Education department, helping 7th and 8th graders with mathematics and science.

For his exhibit at the Art Center, Olson says “My works consist of small scale drawings and paintings combined with collage and found object assemblage. I often include text in my work, both hand written and printed words. The text relates to what I feel is the connection that art plays in our development of language, both with individuals and the community at large.

It is somewhat inspired by my work with adults and students, throughout the years, with a variety of learning disabilities. My art tends to deal with smaller, familiar, and personal observations.” Olson is a visual artist with a keen eye as a story-teller who communicates through the art of drawing by engaging the viewer in new experiences.

“Every exquisite and intricate piece in Olson’s solo exhibit in the Garden Gallery, which he titled Opus Miniscule has been created specifically with Rockport and our diverse art collecting community in mind,” states Taylor Hendrix, Director of Visual Arts. Opus Miniscule opens to the public Saturday, August 5, 2017 with a gallery talk with Tim Olson at 4:30 PM. An artist reception held in conjunction with the Merit Artist Show Standing Out will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Both exhibits continue through Thursday, September 7, 2017.

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