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Prominent Southern Artist Holds Retrospective

Francis X. Pavy Celebrates 35 Years of Art at Acadiana Center for the Arts March 12-May 7, 2011

(LAFAYETTE, LA) –Francis Pavy, visual narrator of South Louisiana’s vibrant culture renowned for his colorful, abstract approach to Southern iconography and storytelling presents a new retrospective, Currents and Flows – 35 Years of Art. The show will be featured at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in their main gallery, March 12th through May 7th, 2011. Currents and Flows tracks the evolution of Pavy’s art, featuring pieces never before displayed as well as commissioned pieces and new work.

Francis Pavy graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1976. He originally worked as a sculptor, opening his Lafayette studio in 1981 and experimenting with glass, drawing and painting. Over time, painting became Pavy’s major focus. His work stems from the southern storytelling tradition; common subjects are the folk-life and folklore of local people juxtaposed with images of everyday American life. Pavy is particularly interested in music, musicians and the musical traditions of Louisiana.

Pavy is one of Louisiana’s most recognized artists – his work vibrates with color and musical rhythm, grounding abstract dimensions in Southern motifs and playing on themes of mysticism, love, nature, humor, and friendship. Pavy’s work has been included in over 20 major exhibitions worldwide, and his paintings are in the permanent collections at the Morris Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the collections of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Ron Howard, Lorne Michaels, Walker Percy, Chef John Besh and Roger Ogden, among others.

“Francis Pavy is one of the most significant and nationally known visual artists in our region, his work is deeply rooted in local culture which allows us to reflect in our sense of place in an often colorful and whimsical way,” said Gerd Wuestemann, AcA Executive Director. “This show represents his first retrospective in his prolific body of work.”

The show will contain a variety of multi-media pieces, including paintings, prints, constructions and sculpture.

“The retrospective, to me is a snapshot of pieces in time,” says Pavy. “An evolution of my work and ideas, a history of my art that builds upon the past.”

A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Francis X Pavy was born in Lafayette on March 2, 1954. As a child, he studied art under the direction of Elemore Morgan Jr. At the age of 12, Pavy, an avid photographer, set up a darkroom in the attic of his parent’s house. In college he studied music, ceramics, animation, painting, printmaking and sculpture, graduating in 1976 with a fine arts degree in sculpture. Pavy’s work has been published in a variety of catalogs, books and magazine articles, including: Elvis & Marilyn: 2 times Immortal, (US & Japanese Edition), The South: A Treasury Of Art and Literature, Francis X. Pavy, La Musique Zydeco, The Colors of Rhythm, and Outward Bound, American Art on the brink of the 21st Century. For additional information, please visit For additional information about the exhibit, visit