June 4th, 6-9pm
LEROY HODGES, JR, FEATURED ARTIST
My painting is designed to capture not only the beauty in nature, but also what can be imagined, the struggle, joy and pain of the Human experience. Oil painting is my preferred medium. I love painting spectacular skies. My art is meant to be expressive, thought provoking, and imaginative. My art offers the viewer possibilities into the
Biography: A native of Meridian Mississippi, Leroy Hodges attended and graduated from Harris High School in 1969. After high school, he attended Mississippi Valley State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics.
Upon graduation, Leroy serviced his country by servicing in the United States Air Force in up state New York. Leroy obtained a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University in 1982. He joined the staff of Middle Tennessee State University in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department in 1981 as a Math Instructor. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984. Leroy moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1985 to work for Naval Computer and Telecommunication Agency with his wife (Barbara). Leroy has received numerous performance awards in the area of computer programming. After wife (Barbara) completed residency training from Morehouse School of Medicine, Leroy moved back to Murfreesboro.
In June 2002, Leroy with spouse (Barbara) co-founder “Kids for the Creative Arts, Inc.”. This is a program designed to offer a free art camp and year-round classes for children in Rutherford and Davidson countries in the creative arts. Leroy participated in various programs at the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center. He remained an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and enjoys being an artist. He also enjoy sharing his artistic skills with others especially children. Leroy believed firmly that our children hold the key to the world future.
Growing up in Meridian Mississippi, Leroy learned to appreciate the beauty of life and nature despite challenging times and events. “Nature with all its beauty reflects a moment in time. Through painting, one can capture not only the beauty in nature, but also what can be imagined, the struggle, joy and pain of the Human Spirit,” Leroy expressed. He said art allows him to express my God given abilities in ways the world have not seen before, and to unlock the keys of nature’s unique shapes and wonderful creations. Leroy’s art evolved during the late 1990’s through self-study, workshops, and training under various artists. Oil painting is his medium of choice because of its richness and pure colors. His artistic style is described as expressive, thought-provoking, and imaginative. Leroy has a great passion for painting spectacular skies. Additionally, he enjoys sharing the love of art with children and adults. Leroy lives with my devoted wife, Barbara in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.