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Cumberland Inn to Host Exhibit by University of the Cumberlands’ “Michelangelo”


Wayne Taylor, '72, unloads a landscape painting for his exhibit at the Cumberland Inn.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands has announced that works by alumnus and artist, Wayne Taylor, class of 1972, will be on exhibit at the museum at the Cumberland Inn throughout the week before and during Homecoming weekend. The exhibit will open on Oct. 5 and continue through Oct. 11.

A native of Jellico, Tenn., Taylor is an award-winning artist who holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Miami University. He taught art with Kettering (Ohio) City Schools from 1973-1987, and served as Kettering School District art coordinator from 1987 until his recent retirement. In Southeast Kentucky, Taylor is best known as the painter of the murals inside the domes in Cumberland Inn and the Grace Crum Rollins Center at University of the Cumberlands. Known as “The Children of the Dome,” the murals were painted as memorials to the children they represent. Most recently, Taylor has painted a mural in the dome of the new Correll Science Complex on campus. This painting, which is a replica of one in New York’s Grand Central Station, depicts several constellations. The three ceiling murals on campus have led Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands president, to dub Wayne Taylor as the university’s own “Michelangelo.”

Taylor demonstrates great versatility in his work. He has been a teacher, illustrator, set designer, graphic designer and furniture builder, and his paintings include portraits, still-life, landscapes and murals. He is a contributing writer and illustrator for Lorenz publishing in Dayton, Ohio. Taylor especially enjoys painting historical figures, musicians, craftspeople and rural landscapes. He likes showing people working with their hands or describing their lives through the expressions and wrinkles on their faces.

“I try to make my landscapes a place I would want to visit and my characters’ faces portray a person we would all like to know,” says Taylor.

A reception to honor the artist is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, at 3:00 p.m. at the museum. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Twenty-two works, including original oils, watercolors and some prints, will comprise the exhibit, and most pieces will be available for purchase.