Howard Finster came to the University of Memphis several years ago at the
bequest of the Art History Student Association there. He was a very
interesting man, and I enjoyed meeting him. I'm not sure the artists and
professors, for the most part, knew what to think of him...he just wanted to
preach the gospel and he did...while he did some impromptu painting..his
grandson was traveling with him that day, and I believe he went onto Oxford,
to a book signing while he was here in Memphis.
If you have the chance to see his work or meet him or your students, it's
worth the trouble...he's a trip! but totally sincere..no telling how many
folks have heard the gospel because of him....Since most (it seems) "fine
artists' and educators have little or nothing to do with art that is
undergirded by faith in God or Christ, it is interesting to me that the
"outsider artists and their art' have become the hottest thing on the
market...I have had the opportunity to meet several outsider artists...and in
God's eye, they are no outsiders, that I can tell....
If you have a chance to meet Finster, do so....it might change more than your