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Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery



"Ground Breaking" by Roger Allan Cleaves

September 28 - October 24, 2018

Artist's Reception: Friday, October 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Roger Allan Cleaves uses fictional writing in tandem with painting to craft American epics that discuss underexplored themes relating to people of color and minorities. He is best known for his colorful and imaginative paintings that display multifaceted humanoid forms that exist in created worlds that serve as counterparts to contemporary society. His works make use of symbols, icons, and a language he coined as “Afroglypics” that are gleaned from the history of African relics from the past. He is much aligned with the contemporary movement known as Afrofutrism.

“American epics that unleash creative ingenuity and illuminate a futuristic vision from the viewpoint of minorities is an underexplored theme in our finest art venues,” Cleaves says. “I question why race, politics, and contemporary social issues seem to be only discussed inside a box of redundant visual motifs inside our forums for art. Feeling bored with the previously mentioned acquiescent concepts for social hot topics, my studio practice involves a personal challenge to explore creative and adventurous lines of thought in an effort to create something that is unique.”

Cleaves holds a BFA from the University of Memphis and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. His work has been selected for inclusion by curators for exhibitions and international painting and drawing publications. Cleaves received a state grant from the Mississippi Art Commission and the National Endowment of Arts in 2017. He currently lives and works in Mississippi and is currently investigating and creating imagery for the next chapter of his fictional tale, The Forget Me Nots.

More info at rogerallancleaves.com »»


CBU Alumni Show  

September 28 - October 24, 2018

Artists' Reception: Friday, October 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Featuring artwork by six graduates of CBU:

  • Michelle Fair (BFA '12)
  • Lauren Jeu (BFA '17) 
  • Servando Mireles (BSBA '18) 
  • Desiree Mitchell (BFA '13) 
  • Ray Pagni, (BFA '16) 
  • Yancy Villa-Calvo (BA '99, MBA '01, BFA '06)

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