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Biography: Dwight "Kuimeaux" Drennan

Born: Little Rock, Arkansas
Education: University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Political Science; Self-taught as an artist
Resides: Scott, Arkansas

The artist, a former resident of Monroe, Louisiana, claims two states as home: Arkansas and Louisiana. His unique style of painting and drawing most often depicts landscape and life in the deep South states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

His work is included in several permanent collections in this region’s institutions, including Monroe City Hall, Monroe, Louisiana; Regions Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas; Bancorp South, El Dorado, Arkansas; and Rountree Gallery, Monroe, Louisiana. He also is represented in numerous private collections in the South, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.

The artist has been selected three times for inclusion in the Arkansas Arts Center’s annual Delta Exhibition.

Drennan was the only local (Monroe, Louisiana) artist chosen to appear in Masur Museum’s 16th Annual Monroe National Exhibition, with two works represented. He also has exhibited work at the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Louisiana Art and Folk Festival, Columbia, Louisiana; 13th Annual Celebration of Arkansas Artists, North Little Rock, Arkansas; Grand Prairie Arts Festival, Stuttgart, Arkansas; Arkansas Festival of Arts, Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisiana Folklife Festival, West Monroe, Louisiana; Monroe Festival of Arts, Monroe Louisiana; University of Arkansas Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas; and the “Louisiana Lace” Invitational at Monroe’s Rountree Gallery.

The artist received the mayor’s award for painting at the Ark-La-Miss Fair, Monroe, Louisiana. His work has been featured in one-artist exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Council, Little Rock; Rountree Gallery, Monroe, Louisiana; and Union Bank, Benton, Arkansas.

This artist’s work bears his signature, D. Drennan; however, he is widely known by friends and family as Kuimeaux (pronounced key-mo). Kuimeaux is the name given to him by friends in New Iberia, Louisiana. (Spelled in the Cajun-French patois, the name is the Indian term kemo sabe, meaning trusted scout and faithful friend.)

Much of the artist’s early work was destroyed by a tragic fire at his home near Bayou DeSiard in Monroe, Louisiana. The artist was able to escape the inferno without injury and has continued to pursue his life as an artist in the small plantation community of Scott, Arkansas.

 

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