Arkansas artist presents 'Altars of Transition' at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 29 August 2014

TROY - Troy University's Department of Art and Design is hosting a transmedia art exhibit by Arkansas artist, Bryan Alexis.

The exhibit is being held in Malone Gallery on the Troy Campus and will run through Thursday, Oct. 2. The exhibit, comprised of a series of six sculptures collectively titled "Altars of Transitions," can be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by appointment.

According to Alexis, the series of three-dimensional altar pieces mark signal points in his lifetime where he had to "put away childish things" in order to move to the next phase of his life.

"There are moments in a person's 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.

On Oct. 2 at 4:30 p.m., the Department of Art and Design will host a free reception in Malone Gallery. The public is invited to attend. The artist will give a brief talk about the work and answer any questions.

For directions to Malone Gallery or for other information, please contact the TROY Department of Art and Design at (334) 670-3391 or email Jerry Johnson at

Altar of Occupation

The "Alter of Occupation," one of six sculptures by Bryan Alexis' "Alters of Transition" exhibit that is currently on display at Troy University's Malone Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 2, and conclude with a 4:30 p.m. reception and artist talk. (Troy University Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)