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Artist Bob Wardrep visits Georgia College

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February 08, 2012

Georgia College Music Therapy Department will sponsor an artist reception for Bob Wardrep.

The Saturday, Feb. 18 reception begins at 3 p.m. 'My Art Is Post-Pop Realism' — Bob Wardrep, MFA'My Art Is Post-Pop Realism' — Bob Wardrep, MFAon the first floor of the Health Sciences Building, 200 N. Wilkinson St., Milledgeville. The event is open to the public.

Primarily a painter, Wardrep is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in clay, on paper and plays both the piano and guitar.

Born near Cincinnati, Ohio, he was raised in a farming community where he began drawing comic book characters. His family moved to Atlanta where he continued drawing through high school and afterward, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at from Georgia State University.

Wardrep became a graduate painting teacher at the University of Florida and earned his Masters of Fine Arts in 1974. A year Wardrep developed symptoms of schizophrenia.  

Unable to work, the artist moved to San Francisco where he began hearing voices and tried to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. 

After Wardrep later moved to Tampa, a former professor took him to a doctor who diagnosed and treated Wardrep with proper medications and therapy.

Wardrep has done studio work at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church’s Friendship Center Art Program in Tallahassee, Fla., for 12 years. He also assists younger artists in the Recovery Through The Arts program.

The artist recently exhibited at Mason-Muier Gallery, The X-change Gallery and VSA Gallery in Atlanta; The Work of Our Hands in Pella, Ill.; Sweet P’s Art Festival in Marietta, Ga.; and GMHCN Annual Conference, Crossroads Festival in Newnan, Ga.

For more information call Dr. Chesley Mercado, chair of Georgia College Music Therapy Department, at 478-445-2645.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.