Art by Todd Camplin

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) will unveil a new exhibit, “Word Doodles” by Todd Camplin, in the SKyPAC Main Gallery, located at 601 College Street, Bowling Green, KY, beginning September 5, 2013. Camplin’s exhibit will explore how the written word becomes a work of visual art. The roots of this method date back to the 2nd or 3rd century in Greek Alexandra. The tradition of arranging words to illustrate a picture enhances the meaning of the words and encourages viewers to experience art in a new way. The exhibit will run through November 2, 2013. Gallery hours are 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

Todd Camplin was born in Indiana, raised in Kentucky and graduated from Western Kentucky University. Camplin received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas (UNT). Thanks to support from the Laura Goad Turner Foundation, Camplin will serve as one of SKyPAC’s artist in residence at James Bazzell Middle School in Allen County at the end of October, 2013.

“Many will be familiar with ASCII art, also known as computer text art, and involves the clever placement of typed characters to form a visual shape spread over multiple lines of text,” said Andee Rudloff, Education & Visual Arts Director. “Artist Todd Camplin uses handwritten words to create sculptural abstract shapes that seem to float off the paper. Each work of art is a careful balance of poetry and form. You can’t stop reading and studying what it is trying to evoke. Viewers will get lost in each piece.”

For questions about the exhibit, SKyPAC’s Gallery, or other gallery spaces, please contact Andee Rudloff at or (270) 904-5015.

About SKyPAC

SKyPAC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, oversees the administration of the SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center facilities and programs. SKyPAC is a multi-use facility located in downtown Bowling Green, KY and has become a premier center for entertainment.

The SKyPAC facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art Performance Hall that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky; a 200-seat flexible Studio Theater for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls and classrooms for students, schools and local arts organizations to use as they prepare for live performances; an Amphitheater for ‘theater under the stars’ and an indoor art gallery space to exhibit the works of regional artists. The Capitol Arts Center provides a 750-seat Performance Hall and two art galleries, the Houchens Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery. For more information, visit or call (270) 904-5000.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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