Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily during scheduled exhibitions.
Location: Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on the campus of the University of Findlay.
In the Gallery
Aug.19 - Sept. 20
Harry Melroy is a former University of Findlay adjunct art instructor and current adjunct instructor of art at Heidelberg University. Melroy said he is especially appreciative to show his work in the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery because in some measure it feels like a “coming home." This exhibition also falls on the fortieth anniversary of his MFA graduate exhibit at Northern Illinois University. As a way to commemorate the event, he will include a pair of paintings from the era. He describes his art as surreal, nonsensical, and distorted, and encourages viewers to follow their own inner voices when attaching stories to the images.
Melroy's paintings and drawings are almost always preceded by small, detailed sketches. If the initial rendering seems interesting, he develops it into a more refined state. Because of its surrealistic qualities, the finished work is not meant to be a snapshot of reality. The imagery is rooted in the unconscious or subconscious. This feature allows for the creation of visual narratives where places and participants come together for nonsensical events. In contrast to his paintings, his wooden sculptures are created without plans or visual templates. The colors are chosen arbitrarily and are juxtaposed in passages that complement the overall design. Local color (sun is yellow, sky is blue, etc.) is often distorted and sometimes avoided, so a cloud can be green and a tree may be magenta.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Monica Jorge & Matt Marrash
Sept. 30 - Oct. 25
Reception: Monday, Sept. 30 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 - Dec. 6
Reception: Wednesday Nov. 13 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – 31
Reception: Wednesday, Jan. 15 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Senior Show I
Feb. 10 – 21
Reception: Sunday, Feb. 16 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Senior Show II
March 9 – 19
Reception: Sunday, March 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Juried Student Show turn-in
Friday, March 20
Judging student show
Saturday, March 21
Student Juried Show
April 6 – 24
Reception: Wed. April 15 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
May 4 – 29
The Enchanted Brush
Dan Chudzinski - curator
June 8 – July 31