COLUMBUS, Miss. – Artwork by Robert Gibson, art professor at The W, was recently on display at the Meridian Museum of Art.

Robert GibsonThe piece titled “Prayer House #7” was accepted into the 40th annual Bi-State Art Competition in Meridian, the museum’s prestigious annual exhibit that recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements by artists.

Gibson describes his artwork as representational of the human spirit and the ongoing battle between good and evil. “Prayer House #7 is part of an ongoing series of sculpture houses that are fabricated out of exotic wood, lost wax casted silver metal and metal fretwork.

“Being accepted is an honor and is validation that my work is competitive and relevant. I also hope it is a way to provoke and engage an audience, and it is satisfying to be part of an exhibition that is typically very competitive” he said.

Prayer Houe #7 by Robert GibsonThis year only 65 pieces were chosen for the exhibition from about 240 entries.

Gibson’s artwork has been accepted into the competition five times and also has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast.

The award ceremony will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 and offers awards and prizes, including the Alliance Health Center Best of Show Award.