Exhibit features photography from local, national and world-renowned artists

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University celebrated the revitalization of a long-standing tradition with the opening of The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition currently on view through March 29 in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery.

The Magic Silver Show, which began in the 1970s and ran sporadically up until a hiatus in 2010, is an open-theme exhibition that shines a spotlight on 49 regional, national and international artists working in photo media. The juried exhibition is designed to encourage and reward those working with the medium while sharing their work for the community to enjoy and appreciate.

The Magic Silver Show’s return to Murray State is thanks to sponsorship from Dr. Constantine Curris, the University’s sixth president, and Jo Curris, and is in memory of their daughter, Elena. The exhibit is funded by The Elena Diane Curris Endowment for the Visual Arts, established with gifts from Elena’s family and friends to memorialize her generous and adventurous spirit while supporting the University’s strong visual arts program.

This year’s exhibit opened Feb. 27 with comments from Constantine Curris, who spoke of his late daughter and the legacy she left behind.

“Her unexpected passing was a great sadness on us, but on the other hand, I appreciate the sweetness of this moment,” Curris said. “I thank the entire faculty of the Department of Art and Design that helped make this happen. We’re proud to be part of the Magic Silver Show’s revitalization. It reflects Murray State’s historic commitment to, and our daughter’s passion for, creative expression.”

Brooklyn-based artist, curator, and professor Bradly Dever Treadaway served as this year’s juror. His résumé includes work on exhibits featured at the Whitney Museum of Art, Center for Photography at Woodstock, The International Center of Photography, the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy and the Lishui Museum of Photography in China. He now works as a faculty member and digital media coordinator at The International Center of Photography in New York.

In preparation for judging submissions to the show — which he had previously submitted to while in college — Treadaway met with organizers and the Curris family.

“There’s a faculty here that is committed and genuinely concerned about their students,” Treadaway said. “You’ve absolutely got the right people here and it shows.”

Lucy Love, director of development for the Murray State College of Humanities and Fine Arts as well as the Honors College, praised faculty, staff and the Curris family for their work in bringing the exhibition back to Murray State.

“We’re so glad to have the chance to revive The Magic Silver Show,” Love said. “To revitalize this means to revitalize a rich 50-year history of celebrating the arts at Murray State University. This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we’re so encouraged to see our community rally around it.”

Love said the show will return as a biennial production, with the University bringing in renowned artists for lectures in between exhibits. This year’s Magic Silver Show remains on view through March 29 in the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery.

Photo: Murray State University celebrated the revitalization of a long-standing tradition with the opening of The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition currently on view through March 29 in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery.

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