By John Kohan


Corrugated cardboard is the work horse of paper products. Made from ribbed layers of heavy paper glued between smooth outer sheets, this paragon of packing materials is cost-effective, lightweight, durable, malleable, and easily recycled. Discarded cardboard panels have become the material of choice for many artists in this economically-challenged, environmentally-conscious age. They can be sliced, torn, shredded, layered, glued, painted, and molded into everything from textured corporate logos to free-standing sculptural pieces.


Rudolph Valentino Bostic was creating recycled cardboard art long before the current “green art” trend began . . .


The show rents for $400 /month, with a minimum of 4 weeks per venue. With the rental of two months the third month is free.

Cardboard Chronicles:
The Biblical Art of Rudolph Bostic


This show brings together twenty-three paintings from one of America’s most amazing self-taught artists. His vibrant images, rendered in enamel and house paint with a shimmering glossy finish on cardboard and his flamboyant use of color put him in a category all his own.


Rudolph, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, says that his inspirations come from many sources, “especially the Bible and reproductions of the works of the masters such as Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.” Bostic’s work was featured in the 2005 inaugural exhibition of the Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art in Savannah, GA, and his art is in the permanent collection of the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. Some of the most prestigious southern galleries of folk art represent Bostic’s paintings.


Cardboard Chronicles begins with The Creation of Adam, Adam and Eve Naming the Animals and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, then turns to the colorful story of Noah. Many of his paintings portray the life of Christ. Comforting Mary (Annunciation) begins this journey, and Nativity with Angel portrays the incarnation of the Lord. Peace Be Still is a stunning interpretation of his encounter on the Sea of Galilee with his disciples, and The Last Supper is a real testimony to the influence of historical art on Bostic’s work. The show includes images of the death of Christ; Crucifixion, Pietà, and Lamentation/Two Women at Jesus’ Death. Angels Receive Orders from Jesus offers us the finale to Cardboard Chronicles: The Biblical Art of Rudolph Bostic.

Bowden Collections offers a variety of traveling exhibitions available to museums, churches, colleges and seminaries: several feature the work of important historical artists such as Georges Rouault, Marc Chagall, Ottos Dix and Alfred Manessier; others explore topics related to the Bible. A packet containing everything needed to mount the exhibition with files for labels, itemized lists, a brochure or flyer in PDF format, high-resolution digital files of art in the exhibition, and shipping information is provided. Venues are responsible for the rental fee and shipping, usually to the following venue.

Exhibitions of this Collection

February 1 – April 30, 2022

First Presbyterian Church, Flint

746 S. Saginaw St.      Flint, MI 48503

Contact: Rosemary Lutz,



August 15 to December 10, 2019

St Lukes Anglican Church

50 Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Contact: Meryl Newell

(843) 785-4099


November 1 to January 10, 2019

Grace Point Church of Northwest Arkansas

STORY: The Gallery at Grace Point

Tim Logan, Gallery Director, 479-586-6268


February 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019

Gordon-Conwell Seminary

14542 Choate Circle

Charlotte, NC 28273

Contact: Nicole Martin,

(704) 236-8111


July 31 to September 17, 2017

Sojourn Church

1207 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40203


Contact: Michael Winters


April 22 to June 30, 2017

All Saints Anglican Church

2751 E Galloway St, Springfield MO 65804

Contact Robert Little

417 888 3001


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