MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Art Galleries and the department of art & design will present “Folk Fiction,” a group exhibition featuring 11 artists who explore narrative and the figure in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. The exhibit will be on display in the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Fine Arts Building, from Oct. 3 through Nov. 6. Admission is free and open to the public.
Exhibiting artists include the following:
Carrie Ann Baade: Baade, associate professor of painting and drawing at Florida State University, works in materials and techniques of the Old Masters, including egg tempera and indirect oil glazing. Her paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. (Baade’s piece, “The Perilous Compassion of the Honey Queen,” is featured above.)
Biff Elrod: Elrod is a practicing artist in New York City whose images arise from personal experience that can be encountered on a “means and materials level, as well as being read for representational content.”
Albertus Gorman: Gorman is an environmental artist whose materials, sculptures and installations occur at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana. Much of his work finds its way into galleries as well as into natural installations.
Mindy Michelle Herrin: Herrin is a metalsmith and figurative artist who incorporates elements of nature and the body to create narrative objects, jewelry and sculpture.
Jed Jackson: Jackson, professor of painting at the University of Memphis, creates figurative oil paintings that are inspired by fashion magazines, movies, the literary community and many other 21st-century cultural sources.
Teri Keegan-Castrop: Castrop, a sculptor living and working in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, works in primarily narrative multimedia installation, utilizing found objects and the figure, which are meticulously modeled and cast in plaster.
Tim Massey: Massey is a chair, associate professor and gallery director at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. His drawings on paper and other artwork are intensely narrative and informed by his Appalachian roots.
Gary Monroe: Monroe lives and works in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. After several years as a predominately abstract artist and at mid-career, Monroe began to work in figurative drawings based on Southern narratives.
Denise Stewart-Sanabria: Stewart-Sanabria’s charcoal on birch plywood drawings incorporate the figure as focus in life-size and outsized representations in actual space.
Christina Renfer Vogel: Vogel’s artwork focuses on interactions among people, identifying a narrative “focusing on chance meetings in groupings and gatherings, and searching for interaction or disconnection.”
Orion Wertz: Wertz, associate professor of fine art in painting at Columbus State University, is interested in developing “a mythology suitable to a consumerist era” in works that borrow aspects of Renaissance painting and video games.