TROY - A free reception and gallery talk featuring Arkansas artist Bryan Alexis will be held at Troy University's Malone Gallery at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2.
Presented by the University's Department of Art and Design, the reception will close out the exhibit of Alexis' work, "Altars of Transitions." The exhibit is comprised of a series of six sculptures of three-dimensional altar pieces, marking points of transition in the life of the artist.
"There are moments in life that act as rites of passage into adulthood and the full acceptance of responsibility," Alexis said. "The steel and glass sculptural works in this exhibition promote these contemporary rites as a cultural reminder of balance, purpose and the importance of growing up."
The "Altars of Transition" exhibit is participatory. Attendees are encouraged to bring toys to set as offerings before the altars. All toys will be donated to charity at the close of the exhibition.
Born in 1973 in DeLeon, Texas, Alexis earned a Master of Arts degree in graphic design from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. He has been teaching graphic design in Arkansas colleges since 1999, currently residing and teaching in Fort Smith, Ark. with his wife, Amy, and his three children -- Jonah, Jude and Trinity.
The reception will feature a brief talk by the artist about the work and a question-and-answer session.
Malone Gallery is an active exhibit space that is part of the Department of Art and Design at Troy University. The gallery space is 1,800 square feet and is located in the Wallace Malone Hall of Fine Arts. The Gallery is designed to introduce a wide array of creative expressions for both the University student and the general public. Malone Gallery is also a showplace for senior thesis exhibits by graduating students each semester.