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Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery


Stitched Dissent

January 10 - February 12, 2020
Artists' Reception: Friday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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 Craft, Fiber 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. Kovarik lives and works in Memphis, TN.

Pictured above (l-r): Beastie Boy and His Pals, 39 x 41 inches, thread and fabric; Punditocracy, 39.5 x 39.5 inches, thread and fabric


Forge, Cast, Fabricate

January 10 - February 12, 2020
Artists' Reception: Friday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“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 Gipson, Jim MastersonAriana SellersJeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh, and James Vanderpool — in this year’s exhibition.

Pictured above (l-r): Elizabeth Belz, Mayflies; Cassi Rebman, Untitled (The Birth of Spiritualism); Reed Peck-Kriss, Kitchen Knife

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 and the East Parkway entrance. All exhibits are free and open to the public.