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Ross Gallery Opens Exhibits by Niles Wallace, Metal Museum

NOTE: The opening reception has been rescheduled for Friday, January 19 due to the University's inclement weather closure.

MEMPHIS — The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University announces the opening of two exhibits on January 12. In the main gallery, “The Sunny Side” will showcase porcelain and stoneware works by Niles Wallace. In the gallery foyer, “Forge Cast Fabricate” will feature works by artists from the Metal Museum. An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and both will be on display through March 1.

Niles Wallace holds a BA in Art Education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania and a MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. After short teaching stints at the Philadelphia College of Art and the State University of New York at Albany, he began teaching ceramics at the University of Memphis in 1976. He plans to retire from teaching at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. His work has been widely exhibited regionally and nationally, and he is represented locally by L Ross Gallery.     

“My current work consists of porcelain or stoneware bowls and vases that acknowledge the history of vessels and painting on the decorative form while being tied to contemporary art and social concerns,” Wallace says. “I am not interested in overly refined or stylized technique and embrace the uncrafted.”

“Forge Cast Fabricate” is CBU’s annual exhibition of artists affiliated with the Metal Museum. Work by apprentices Lewis Body, Sarah Dorau and Kacy Ganley will be featured, along with staff artists Kevin Burge, Lori Gipson, Anastasia Green, Eva Langsdon, Jim Masterson, Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh and James Vanderpool.

Blacksmithing apprentice Lewis Body is a sculptor and designer, working primarily with metals such as steel, stainless steel, and bronze.  He has trained in many disciplines of the metalworking field. Lewis utilizes a wide range of techniques, from traditional forging to CNC machining.  

Foundry apprentice Sarah Dorau received her BFA from Southern Illinois University with an emphasis in sculpture. Sarah has interned at Franconia Sculpture Park and served as an artist in residence at Gibralter Point in Toronto. Her artistic research is nutured by her love of metalsmithing and casting. In her process, she uses traditional creative methods combined with autobiographical experience.

Blacksmithing apprentice Kacy Ganley studied blacksmithing and metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University and sculpture at Humboldt State University. “I'm curious to see what happens when I just run with it,” Ganley says. “No intention other than to experiment with the skills I've learned and make aesthetic decisions as I go along.”

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. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine B. Peña
Gallery Director
(901) 321-3243
cpena@cbu.edu

Posted by Cory Dugan at 2:46 PM