Receptions for three art exhibitions on Murray State University’s campus will be held on Friday, Aug. 24. The public is invited to attend.
Artist Benjamin Rogers will lead a conversation about his practice and work featured in “Into the World,” a two-person exhibition that also includes work by artist David Carpenter. Rogers received his M.F.A. in painting from Arizona State University in 2011 and currently teaches at Northern Kentucky University. Rogers “Artist Talk” program will begin in Clara M. Eagle Gallery in the Doyle Fine Arts Center on Friday at 5 p.m.; a closing reception with Rogers will also be held there from 6-8 p.m.
An opening reception is slated for Eagle Gallery on Friday from 6-8 p.m. for “Esther Randall: Sculptures and Prints.” That exhibition will be on display in the foyer gallery through Sept. 28. The exhibition features totemic figures in bronze and welded steel, conceived as “human-made fossils,” inspired by fossilized teeth, bone and turtle shell the artist collected on Edisto Island. Also included are Randall’s “sCapes,” a series of digital prints of imagined landscapes, amalgamations of photographic landscape studies and images of grounds left over in the bottom of a coffee cup. Randall received a prestigious Kentucky Foundation for Women grant in 2007 and is currently the Giles Gallery director at Eastern Kentucky University.
The Curris Center Gallery will be the site of an opening reception for “An Unlevel Level: An Exhibition of Recent Sculptures and Drawings” by Cody Arnall. That gallery will host Arnall’s work through Sept. 28. The reception will also be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Arnall’s work claims a “do-it-yourself-ness” that mimics the manner in which civilizations are resourcefully constructed with what is readily available. Arnall received his M.F.A. from Louisiana State University and has exhibited across the South and Midwest and as far abroad as Ireland. He is currently the art technician at Murray State University.
The Clara M. Eagle Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space for historical art and contemporary new media. Eagle Gallery is located on the sixth floor of the Doyle Fine Arts Building; the Curris Gallery is located on the first floor of the Curris Center on Chestnut Street. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.