The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to announce the exhibit, “Bryan Blankenship: Hindsight 20/20,” beginning October 10 through December 4. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
Subtitled “Twenty Years Working with Clay,” Blankenship’s pottery features a variety of work including different pieces of kitchenware in a multitude of colors, some vibrant and some more subtle. The pottery included in the collection is formed in the classical style, to which the artist has dedicated himself. “I am drawn to many of the classical forms repeated throughout the history of ceramic vessel making,” states Blankenship. He also believes that because working with clay is an individualistic activity that a part of himself is encapsulated in each piece his produces. While every work is art, Blankenship underlines the functionality of every vessel.
Blankenship earned a Master of Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. More recently, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Memphis. Blankenship is currently a museum assistant at the University of Memphis art museum and a part-time instructor of two and three dimensional design, sculpture and ceramics. His exhibitions have been shown at various galleries in the Memphis area. Blankenship’s work can be viewed at www.bryanblankenship.com.
“Parallel Worlds,” a collection of contemporary paintings by Rollin Kocsis, will be displayed in the foyer of the gallery.
Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to University schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at www.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###