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Davis Gallery Art Exhibits

The Davis Gallery at Houghton House will host an eclectic collection of art exhibits throughout the academic year. Featuring artists from across the globe, the Davis Gallery has begun the year with a faculty exhibition and will end with a student exhibition, hosting four world-renowned visiting artist exhibits in between.

The diverse collection of art exhibits on the calendar for the 2013-2014 Davis Gallery includes: Will R. Wilson, Roberto Silva-Ortiz, Ryan and Trevor Oakes, and Dr. George N. Abraham ’59.

The artwork of Diné photographer Will R. Wilson will be exhibited from Oct. 4 through Nov. 1. As an indigenous artist working in the 21st century, Wilson has created a body of photographic inquiry that stimulates a critical dialogue and reflection around historical and contemporary photography as it pertains to Native Americans. He employs media that range from historical photographic processes to the randomization and projection of complex visual systems within virtual environments.

Roberto Silva-Ortiz, whose work has been on display across the world, will bring his innovative work to the Davis Gallery from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6. Driven by neo-figuration, he has developed an artistic language that moves between illustration trends and contemporary pictorial languages. His work reveals his interest in representational classical techniques and a strong influence in magical realism.

An exhibit featuring the work of twin brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes will start off the spring semester. Using a system of their own invention, the Oakes twins employ split focus and a curved easel to render illusionistic space in three dimensions on a two-dimensional surface. Sculptures in cardboard and early matchstick studies further articulate the artists’ conception of light rays as they intersect with the human eye to create images of space and volume. The exhibit will run from Jan. 24 through March 7, 2014.

Dr. George N. Abraham ’59 is lending the gallery a selection of artwork from his personal collection for an Alumni Collections exhibition. Abraham graduated with a bachelor of science in math and chemistry and was involved with several campus activities. He has worked on a variety of national initiatives surrounding cancer research and treatment. His exhibit will feature an eclectic mixture of artwork, most all by great artists. It will be on display from March 28 through April 18.

The final event of the semester will be the Student Art and Architecture Exhibit. Giving students the opportunity to showcase their work, the exhibit will run from April 25 to May 18. Works will include silkscreens, photographs, charcoal and paint creations, sculpture, and digital media from students in studio classes from beginner to advanced levels.

Architectural studio projects emphasizing the illustration of rich design process will also be on display. Works include final models, multi-media projects, and rendered drawings.

Each exhibit will have an opening ceremony on the inception of the exhibit that runs from 6-8 p.m. Davis Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 1:30-4:30 p.m.