Yesterday I delivered fifty paintings to Oakland City University for a solo exhibit. It’s been several years since I’ve had the time to build enough work for a solo show so this has been a bit of a challenge.
Before I was director of the arts center, I was the visual arts director responsible for lining up and implementing the exhibits. There is a lot more to it than it would appear. Contracts, designing and ordering gallery announcement cards, press releases, unpacking, hanging, receptions, repacking, etc. However, this only built on two decades of schlepping my work around the country to art fairs and festivals. Those were the gypsy days, for sure.
But yesterday I was on familiar territory with meeting my old friend Roger Willis at OCU. This was the culmination of spending the past few weeks deciding what to take, ordering frames and framing artwork, packing and delivering, then unpacking. Fortunately, Roger didn’t require that I stay to help hang the exhibit as some galleries do. So it will be a surprise to see which paintings he places next to each other.
If you’re interested in viewing the exhibit, it will be held from August 6th through September 24th. The reception is Sunday, September 9th from 2 to 5 pm. The address is on the Oakland City University campus at the J. Michael Dunn gallery, Cornwell-Reed Fine Arts Building, 138 N Lucretia Street, Oakland City, IN 47660. They’re open M-F from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And weekends by appointment.
I’ll post more photos of the exhibit later.