Artwork by Northwestern State University faculty Bill Bryant, Clyde Downs and Michael Yankowski will be on exhibit Nov. 10-Dec. 2 with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.
Bryant is known for his watercolor paintings and had been a strong influence for Downs and Yankowski as he mentored them as young faculty. A native of Shreveport, he passed away in 2021 after a distinguished teaching career and as a productive artist. Often portraying scenes from New Mexico which he dearly loved, he was a painter, potter, sculptor, and musician. He influenced numerous students and fellow artists with his technique, style, and world view.
Downs, a former student of Bryant’s, worked as a graphic designer and was assistant director of River Oaks Square Gallery in Alexandria. He taught painting and print making as a member of the NSU art faculty for over 30 years. An exhibiting artist, he recently retired and continues to work in oil and acrylic paint. Influenced by Bryant, his good friend, Downs work reflects his interest in the Southwest where he traveled with students for summer art classes.
Yankowski was a graphic designer and medical photographer in Wisconsin and Qatar before joining NSU in 1987. He teaches photography and design but is also a working sculptor. Having exhibited with galleries in Chicago and Houston, he is currently represented by Carol Robinson Gallery in New Orleans. He has participated in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and internationally. Yankowski is completing his final semester at NSU in December. Bill Bryant was his mentor and friend.