Information662-844-2787 | Gumtree Museum of Art, Tupelo MS | 08.09.2019 - 09.13.2019, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gumtree Museum of Art Presents Debra Riffe
Opening Reception August 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Her studio practice is, exclusively, hand printed relief prints of woodcuts and linoleum blocks utilizing the color reductive method.
A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, she earned her BFA from Howard University, College of Fine Arts, Washington, DC. Debra has been a professional graphic designer and illustrator for more than 30 years. She has traveled extensively and lived abroad five years, in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America.
Debra has exhibited at several venues, including Athens State University, Jemison Carnegie Heritage Hall (Talladega), Johnson Center for the Arts (Troy), Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan), Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts (Florence), Lowe Mill Arts (Huntsville), the Freedom Rides Museum/Historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station where she has a linoleum block relief print of Freedom Rides activist, James Peck, on permanent display and the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (WI). Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) holds a portfolio of 30 linoleum block prints entitled “Holding the Line.” The images, created to honor the activists and foot soldiers of the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights Campaign, marked the 50th year anniversary of the iconic event. Debra participates in a select number of juried art festivals, annually, and has been the recipient of many awards, including Awards of Distinction (2011, 2014), Merit and Permanent Collection Awards (2012, 2016).
In August 2018, Debra became the first African American female artist in the state of Alabama, to partner with Starbucks Corporation and create a 22 foot wide mural for a full service Starbucks Coffee shop and on-site training facility. She teaches linoleum block relief workshops locally and regionally and is an instructor/representative of Auburn University and the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP).