Troy University art professors have work featured in new exhibition

Posted: Tuesday, 28 July 2009

TROY—Three Troy University Department of Art and Design faculty members are among 41 Alabama artists showing their work in the exhibition, “Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Nature of Being Southern” at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Downtown Troy.

Larry Percy, associate professor of art and design, Russell Everett, lecturer in art and design, and Duane Paxson, sculptor and adjunct professor of art, will have works in the exhibition. In addition, the exhibition’s e-book catalogue was designed by Art and Design Department Chairman Jerry Johnson, said Richard Metzler, director of The Johnson Center.

The exhibition, which runs Aug. 14 – Nov. 8, consists of painting, sculpture, glass, printmaking, photography, handcrafted furniture, ceramics, quilts, video and assemblage/installation by recipients of Artist Fellowships awarded by ASCA.

The Fellowships are awarded once a year in the amount of $5,000 to selected artists working in crafts, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre and visual arts. One Fellowship is also awarded in arts administration. Visual Arts and Crafts Fellowships are based on merit of work, career achievements, career potential and service to the state. Quality of work and the professionalism of the artist are criteria considered when awarding these highly competitive fellowships.

In addition to the works exhibited by the Alabama artists, several former Alabama artists, now residing in Florida, South Carolina and Missouri, will fill the Johnson Center for the Arts.

A reception will be conducted from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Johnson Center, located at 300 East Walnut St. in downtown Troy.

The exhibition is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.