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Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery



November 8 - December 16, 2019
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ry McCullough and Nick Satinover are interdisciplinary artists whose works utilize printmaking processes and formalist strategies. The common components found in their individual practices are the development of contrasting abstract languages, structure versus improvisation, usage of limitations and iteration, and the attempt to translate notions of being and ambivalence through visual work. Both McCullough and Satinover also share the particular scars of having grown up in Southwest Ohio and graduating from its local DIY punk and hardcore scene.

Within their collaborative practice, they explore the structural authority of their band name moniker, small_bars. This ambiguous name serves as an all-encompassing banner which simultaneously references pixels on a screen, lines of type of a letterpress, halftone processes, and the physical clubs and venues in which their former bands played. As small_bars, McCullough and Satinover are able to generate a collection of collateral materials such as audio recordings, videos, printed ephemera, performative events, and structural arrangements, all of which support and expand the notion of what the moniker suggests. This collaborative effort seeks to use the form of a band-like entity to create a space where the acts of publishing, printing, and performance co-exist. 

Ry McCullough is an artist and educator working in Tampa, FL. He earned his BFA from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, where he concentrated in printmaking and sculpture. Upon completion of his undergraduate work he served as the director of Sculptural Studies as well as a printmaking teacher at Stivers School for the Arts. McCullough received his MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He currently an assistant professor of Art and Design at the University of Tampa. McCullough has exhibited nationally, internationally, and is the founder of the Standard Action Press Collaborative Zine Project. 

Nick Satinover is an artist and educator based outside of Nashville, TN. He holds a BFA from Wright State University (Dayton, OH) and a MFA degree from Illinois State University. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium; Kala Artist Institute in Berkeley, CA; the Tofte Lake Center in Ely, MN; and Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA. His work has been exhibited nationally in solo, group, and juried exhibitions. He is currently an associate professor of Art at Middle Tennessee State University. He keeps a tidy home with his wife, sons, and kitten.



November 8 - December 16, 2019
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The machine, in some form or fashion, is omnipresent in today’s contemporary culture, and Natalie Tyree says that the bulk of her artwork was formerly generated by images captured and manipulated digitally. "It then evolved by taking a step back from the computer as the dominant tool," she explains. "Combining watercolors, doodles, and collage-based media allowed me to marry the notion of natural organic elements with the idea of the machine as tool."

Her current work explores a series of questions: Where do our minds go when we’re overwhelmed by our daily routine, pop-culture ideations, and social media streams? Do we realize how much information we actually consume? Can we create alternate narratives from all of this information?

"The visuals I generate are answers or explorations of these constantly revolving questions and are also influenced by contemporary culture and society and my experiences as an 'old millennial,'” she says. "Most recently, my work has evolved to incorporate letterpress printing. Working with letterpress allows me to incorporate the old with the new. My newest work utilizes millennial tweets printed by hand with original printing technology. By combining the means of new communication with old technology, I hope to create a subtle sense of humor and irony in my work."

Tyree is an assistant professor of Graphic Design at Western Kentucky University, holding a BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin and an MFA from Indiana State University. An active educator, designer, and maker, she seeks to explore popular culture themes in her work related to contemporary trends and generational mindsets in this media- and influencer-obsessed world we find ourselves in. Her most recent work and research centers specifically on Millennials and Generation Z and her mission to de-mystify and mock pre-conceived notions of those generations.

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.