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Faculty Art Exhibit Set to Open

November 2, 2012

Daily Drawing Project: Selected Drawings from May-August, 2012 by Benjy Davies

Daily Drawing Project: Selected Drawings from May-August, 2012 by Benjy Davies

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College’s Greer Museum will host a reception for its newest art exhibit on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The art exhibit features the work of Rio Grande faculty members Jim Allen, Kevin Lyles and Benjy Davies. The three fine arts faculty members will all be at the opening reception to talk with area residents about their artworks and answer questions.

The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Greer Museum, and all area residents are invited to attend.
The new exhibit, which will be open through Dec. 4, features a wide range of artistic styles and themes.

Allen’s pieces in the show include mixed media paintings, pastel drawings and digital photography. The pastel drawings in the show include a sequence of four drawings that Allen has titled, “Hubris of Nebuchadnezzar.” The drawings depict the king’s transformation as it is told in the Bible’s Book of Daniel.

Allen is also showing several mixed media paintings of different subjects, as well several digital photography pieces that deal with grandchildren.
Davies is going to exhibit a large number of his newest prints and drawings in the show.

Around 100 of the drawings will be from Davies’ “Daily Drawing,” project, which involves drawings that he completes every day. He has been working on “Daily Drawings,” for more than four years now and has completed approximately 1,700 artworks as part of the project.

“I am also going to show a number of new prints,” Davies said.
One print is a collaborative project that he completed with artist Katherine Cox, who serves as the director of art education at the Huntington Museum of Art.
A few of his other prints are pieces that Davies created while taking part in a workshop taught by master artist Enrique Chagoya.

Davies also collaborated with Lyles, who is a sculptor, on two pieces that will be shown in the exhibit.

Lyles enjoyed working on the pieces with Davies, and explained that that he and Davies also recently showed some of their collaborative artworks in an exhibit at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The pieces that Lyles is showing in this exhibit are all narrative works that tell a story and sometimes involve humor.

One of the pieces in particular may resonate with area residents, as it was inspired by the severe storms that hit the region last summer. After the storms, Lyles had a large number of trees down on his property and he spent a lot of time dragging the timber and cutting the wood.

“I thought it would be neat to build a sculpture out of this,” he said. So Lyles took a walnut tree limb that was 15 feet long and cut it into different segments. He then reconstructed the segments with aluminum fittings to create his new artwork, “After the Storm.”

Lyles is proud that the three faculty members are able to show their work in the exhibit, and he is hoping a large number of area residents will be able to see the artworks. The exhibit can also serve as a great learning experience for the art students on campus.

“We ask our students to exhibit their work and we ask them to work continuously. I think it’s important for us to practice what we preach and to model what we want our students to do,” Lyles said. “It’s important for them to know that not only are we asking them to do all of this, but that we are doing the same thing.”

Davies added that the faculty members hold an exhibit like this one every three years so that each class of students will be able to see at least one of the shows.
“It helps the students gain a greater understanding of the work that we do as artists,” Davies said. “I think it’s really important for the students to see where we are coming from with our own work.”

Rio Grande students and area residents of all ages will enjoy looking over the exhibit either at the opening reception or while the pieces are on display through Dec. 4. Beginning on Nov. 7, the exhibit will be open from 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.

For more information on the exhibit, as well as information on upcoming exhibits in the Greer Museum, call Allen at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information on upcoming events at Rio Grande, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on the university’s scenic campus, log onto www.rio.edu.