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Ross Gallery Features Exhibitions by Paula Kovarik and Metal Museum Artists

MEMPHIS — The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University announces two exhibitions opening on January 10. Memphis artist Paula Kovarik will exhibit her textile pieces in “Stitched Dissent” in the main gallery, and artists from the Metal Museum will exhibit new works in an “Forge, Cast, Fabricate” in the gallery foyer. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday, January 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibitions will run through February 12.

Through the medium of cloth and stitch, quilts can tell stories, protest injustice, and document history. Paula Kovarik quilts in order to piece, layer, and stitch a narrative that represents her concern for what is going on in our country. Her art reflects American anxiety in a world of danger and distrust. It mirrors the ominous overtones of decisions disconnected from everyday life and the feeling that we are helpless in the wake of unmoored leadership. This body of work adds to the fundamental conversation going on in our media, our families, and our government.

Kovarik received her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As the creative director and owner of Shades of Gray, a graphic design studio, she specialized in communications. Kovarik’s textile art has been recognized by several national venues. She has been profiled in American CraftFiber ArtNow, and Art Quilting Studio magazines. Her work is highlighted in Art Quilts Unfolding, 50 Years of Innovation, and Art Quilts International: Masterworks Abstract and Geometric.

“Forge, Cast, Fabricate” has become an annual tradition at the Ross Gallery, offering the apprentices and staff artists at the Metal Museum an opportunity to exhibit their own work. Apprentices Elizabeth BelzReed Peck-Kriss, and Cassi Rebman are featured — along with the Museum’s staff artists Kevin BurgeNashley FausnightLori GipsonJim MastersonAriana SellersJeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh, and James Vanderpool — in this year’s exhibition.

The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library in the center of the CBU campus on the Buckman Quadrangle, easily accessible from the Central Avenue parking lot and the campus entrance on East Parkway. All exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Posted by Cory Dugan at 10:52 AM