Tim Parsley is Associate Professor and Program Director of Studio Arts at the University of Saint Francis, Division of Creative Arts, in Fort Wayne, IN.
As an artist primarily working through painting, drawing, and collage, Tim’s work navigates the history of America and the complicated tensions caused by its constructive ambition.
“With a focus on the originating stories of America, I appropriate and piece together scraps of historical imagery and collective memory, reconstructing the American narrative of progress to reveal and reinterpret nostalgic anxiety about the past.”
The pieces included in Beyond the Pail are some of the leftover crumbs of his mural process.
They represent the wear and tear of not only the design planning but the scraped knuckles and tattered brushes of each wall he has had the opportunity to paint.
His projects result from an engaged dialogue with a community about how they define themselves historically and hopefully.
“I hope that when a mural is complete, the public can look at it and say, “Look at what WE created!” regardless of whether they ever held a brush in their hand.”
“As a husband/father and full-time professor, my creative practice has found the most traction through my home studio, where I paint, draw, and collage my way around the complicated history of America.“
His work as an artist has always found its form in his family’s priorities. They are his first audience. While this, and his work as a professor, can limit his studio time during certain seasons, he sees those limits as not only necessary but creatively productive.
“They require me to focus and problem-solve in ways that all the time in the world would likely not allow.”
Having just completed two large mural projects in Caledonia, NY, and Fort Wayne, IN, He now plunges back into the world of academia for the 2022-23 school year. However, mural projects are already slated for summer 2023.