The versatility of artist and Lakeland graduate Tyler Holman will be the focus when Lakeland University's Bradley Gallery presents its first exhibit of the 2017-18 season.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Lakeland's campus. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 6.
The Bradley Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the university is in session. Attendance at the reception and admittance to the Bradley Gallery are both free and open to the public.
Holman, who graduated from Lakeland in 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree and a double major in studio arts and graphic arts, serves a wide range of clients through his personal business, A Tyler Holman Project. He said the business originates from his time at Lakeland.
"Fellow students would pronounce during the days of critique, 'I can tell this is a Tyler Holman project,'" Holman said. "Despite the medium, it was the stylistic traits, the state of ambition and the spark of appeal that provoked feeling and remembrance. Furthermore, it has been most important to maintain this perspective and artistic practice in order to attract new companies, maintain existing relationships and to sell product."
Holman has produced a wide variety of work for companies all over the United States and abroad, and he admits categorizing what he does can be challenging.
"Upon graduating college – even prior to graduating – I received employment through various freelance and contract objectives categorizing me with titles," Holman said. "Despite the title, however, multiple employers utilized me for various artistic objectives beyond the main priority and continued to return for services.
"… I have come to categorize myself as "your creative asset"— prepared to pursue any artistic objective that may come forward. Although it's a board description, this is the kind of artist I am."
Holman’s exhibit includes work he has done for www.aTylerHolmanProject.com, his personal business, and further features a personal project of concept art that was later generated into a book. The book portrays not only illustrations, but also creative writings produced by various authors. The book is available at www.aTylerHolmanProject.com.
His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, both in galleries and online, and he's won numerous awards for his work.
"I love art," Holman said. "From creating sculptures to arranging text elements or whatever the objective may be, I find joy, and it's apparent."