NBA All-Star Joe Barry Carroll's story begins in a small southern town past its glory days, shooting basketballs through scavenged bicycle rims he nailed to the backyard shed.
In Growing Up. . . In Words and Images, Carroll's colorful and evocative paintings from his memoir of the same name peer into facets of what he refers to as a shared humanity - childhood dreams, family ties, southern culture and self-discovery.
Born the tenth of thirteen children, Carroll was raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Denver, Colorado, where his mother supported the family as a domestic worker, fry cook and eventually a nurse's aide.
"The best parts of my character and moral fiber flow from my family, my people and my early life experiences in Arkansas. The art is essential, helping to peel back the layers of my story of discovery, disappointment, physical growth (to seven feet tall), maturation and love."
Carroll led the Purdue University Boilermakers to the Final Four in 1980, graduated with a degree in Economics and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. Carroll is now a wealth adviser, philanthropist, painter and writer.
Exhibit continues through April 17, 2016