LEXINGTON, Ky.—Four emerging artists from New York, Philadelphia and Virginia will exhibit their newest work at Transylvania University’s Morlan Gallery in an exhibit entitled SNAP! The exhibit opens Monday, October 23, and runs through Friday, November 17.
Andy Byers, Ryan Kelly, Morgan Herrin and Andrea Moreau are four up-and-coming visual artists who have two things in common: They are 2005 Ohio State University masters graduates and they are meeting with great success in their first year out of grad school.
Kelly and Byers are ceramicists, Herrin is a sculptor and Moreau is a painter. Kelly was just awarded the prestigious Resident Artist position at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia; Byers has been working as an art director’s assistant in New York and playing with his critically successful band, Minus Story; Herrin received rave reviews for his new work in the exhibit Diamonds Cut Diamonds at Rare Gallery in New York; and Moreau was awarded a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, the largest and most international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States.
The jazzy one-word title, SNAP!, is a slang term to describe disbelief, which is what viewers will feel when taking in the sculptures and drawings in the exhibition.
“Each of these artists has a real gift for taking mundane and ordinary materials from our everyday lives and turning them into the magical, the beautiful and the humorous,” said Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery.
SNAP! includes classically carved sculptures made of foam and tape, sea animals languishing on the cool tile of the gallery floor and even some well-known talking heads.
The artists will be on campus Friday, November 17, and will give two gallery talks in the Morlan Gallery, 10:50-11:20 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m. The Morlan Gallery will host a reception for the artists that same day, from 5–8 p.m. to coincide with the Lexington Gallery Hop.The Morlan Gallery is open weekdays, noon to 5 p.m., and by special appointment. This exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery, at (859) 233-8142.