Arts center exhibiting work of Don Lawrence

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts offers free gallery exhibits throughout the year.

The April exhibit features art by the late Don Lawrence.

His daughter, Susan Mitchell Brewer, wants to share his work of “Meditation Art” as a tribute to her deceased father.

Lawrence’s paintings are rendered on heavy illustration board using acrylic medium.

Brewer said her father’s art had been an exercise of the power of God.

“My father was blind in his right eye, had an artificial lens implant in his left and was color blind,” Brewer said.

Lawrence painted a mural on the wall of the office of what was then known as the Seymour Daily Tribune when it was located on East Tipton Street.

Lawrence graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Howard University with a degree in architectural engineering and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

His art hangs in foreign embassies, churches, colleges, corporate offices and private residences. He served as art director at three Indianapolis department stores — H.P. Wasson, William H. Block and L.S. Ayres. He was the first African American creative director in the U.S.

SICA is located at 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.