Art exhibits by Murray State University students Alyssa Jones, Katie Fenton and James Melton will open on Oct. 19 and run through Oct. 28 in campus galleries. The three students are pursuing the B.F.A. at MSU.Jones’ exhibition, “Wild Vitality,” will be on display in the Curris Center Gallery. An artist reception will be held for her in the Curris Center Gallery on Friday, Oct. 21, from 6-8 p.m. She is majoring in art education and studio art with an emphasis in painting. Her work, in oil on canvas and encaustic wax on panel, explores the spirit and vitality of nature and how nature and humanity relate to one another. Jones is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, the Murray State Wesley Foundation and the Murray Environmental Student Society. She is from Collierville, Tenn.

Fenton, a native of Simpsonville, Ky., explores the relationship between letter styles and social situations in her exhibit, “Social Type.” Her mixed media sculpture relates typography to common social settings and examines the connection between type style and emotions. She is the daughter of John Fenton and Susan Crabtree Fenton.

In his exhibit, “Aftershocks,” Melton is exhibiting informational silkscreened posters that remind the viewer, through text and image, of the ongoing problems created by world disasters. He is a member of the Graphic Design Group, a Murray State SGA senator and has been on the Dean’s List. He is from Crestwood, Ky.

Fenton’s and Melton’s exhibits are displayed in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery in the Doyle Fine Arts Center on campus. A reception for Fenton and Melton will be held in Eagle Gallery on Friday, Oct. 21, from 6-8 p.m.

The community is invited to the receptions and the exhibits, and admission to the galleries is free.

The Clara M Eagle Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space for visitors to learn about the history of art and contemporary new media. With over 1,200 works of art housed in the permanent collection and 8,200 square feet of exhibition space, the galleries at Murray State are a constant source of innovative programming and educational research within the community. Gallery hours for Eagle and the Curris Center are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For further information about the exhibitions on view, contact Tina McCalment, gallery director at (270) 809-3052 or msu.eaglegallery@murraystate.edu, or go online at www.murraystate.edu/artgallery.

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