Byron Burford: Ringmaster November 19, 2022-October 29, 2023

creepy clown .jpg
Byron Burford, B.J. with Inflatables, 1990. Magna on canvas, 60 3/4 x 48 3/4 in. Museum purchase, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. 92.12
Burford Carnival Scene collage jpg.jpg
Byron Burford, Untitled (Carnival scene), undated, collaged paper, ink, tape, 21 x 22 ½ inches, gift of the artist, 94.24.14.
Burford Lilli-Anna.jpg
Byron Burford, Lilli-Ana 1989, Magna on rag paper, Museum purchase, 90.2.2.
Burford artistic wonders.jpg
Byron Burford, The Great Byron Burford Circus of Wonders, undated, offset lithograph on paper, 27 x 19 ¾ inches, gift of the artist, 94.24.16.

Byron Burford: Ringmaster

November 19, 2022-October 29, 2023

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Byron Burford was drawn to the University of Iowa by his interest in Grant Wood, with whom he studied.  It was there that he received his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees and eventually taught until his retirement.  During his career, Burford also traveled around the country playing in circus bands, from which he drew inspiration for some of his works.  In addition, he approached more serious subjects of the human experience as seen in his works inspired by the Vietnam War.  This two-gallery exhibition will look at circus imagery produced by Burford over his long and productive career.