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Tom Mitts: Home – local art from Newport and more on display at the Curt Bessette Art Gallery

Local artist Tom Mitts (1962-2017) is the latest featured artist in the Curt Bessette Art Gallery at the Main Library in Burlington through April 10 in an exhibit entitled Home. 

Tom Mitts grew up on Second Street in Newport, Kentucky, and spent most of his artistic career creating works inspired by his neighborhood and his hometown.

Tom was an artist and a scholar. He graduated from Newport High School in 1980 as class Valedictorian and then went on to receive a BA in both Fine Arts and Physics from Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) in 1984. After college, Tom attended Louisiana State University where he served as a graduate teaching assistant and earned his MFA with a concentration in painting in 1988.

As an artist, Tom excelled in oil and pastel painting. He exhibited his works in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and was an active Signature Member of the Cincinnati Art Club.

Later in his career, Tom branched out from painting canvases to houses! He became a painter of historic homes and a color consultant in Newport’s East Row District—and Tom even signed some of the houses.

Tom’s life unexpectedly ended in 2017 after a surgical heart procedure, but his artistry lives on in the oil and pastel paintings he created during his 30+ years as an artist.

Stop by and see Tom’s work through April 10!

–Biographical information provided by Franck Mercurio of Mercurio-Exhibits.

Interested in learning more about painting?  Check out BCPL’s collection on a variety of painting topics or watch painting videos from Creativebug.

The Curt Bessette Art Gallery opened its doors in 2019 to local artists in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati community.  If you or someone you know is interested in displaying work at the Main Library, please visit our Art Gallery page. More information on exhibit guidelines, exhibit request forms, upcoming shows, and a biography of Curt Bessette are included on this site. Join us for this artistic opportunity at the Library!

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