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Collaborative exhibit opens at New Harmony Gallery

June 25, 2013 | Garry Holstein
Garry Holstein
Director of New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art 812-682-3156
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The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art invites the public to The Grand Armada, a multimedia collaborative exhibition by the Smith Townsend Collaborative.

The Smith Townsend Collaborative was formed by artists Brandon C. Smith and Travis Townsend as a way to explore a visual dialogue in addition to their own artistic pursuits. The Grand Armada is part of an ongoing project involving several installations and individual pieces.

"Our languages have overlapped," the two write in an artists' statement. "In this new space where a situation is created, we allow for the ambiguity that is grown from complexity. There is a moment when once disparate ideas become literally attached through the ropes of metaphor and material. We see or work as a declaration of big ideas embodied within diverse visual metaphors. It tries to be epic, pathetic, and hopeful.”

Smith received his MFA from the University of Cincinnati and lives and works as an artist in Richmond, Kentucky. Townsend received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

For more information about the Smith Townsend Collaborative visit

A reception for The Grand Armada will be held at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. The exhibition is free and open to the public.   

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call Garry Holstein, director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, at 812/682-3156 or go to

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