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ATHENS, W.Va. - Members of Concord University's art faculty – including emeriti officers, full-time faculty and adjunct faculty – have assembled their work into an exhibit currently on display on the Athens campus. "Concord University Department of Art Faculty Exhibition 2012" opened in the Arthur Butcher Gallery Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 9. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center.

This is the second annual exhibition to represent all living emeriti faculty and the fourth annual faculty exhibition to coincide with homecoming. Concord's 2012 Homecoming celebration began Oct. 1 and continues through Oct. 7.

An artists reception is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  Potential students are encouraged to attend and take the opportunity to interact with faculty who will be in attendance. Persons interested in attending the reception, which includes refreshments, should RSVP with the Office of Advancement at advancement@concord.edu or 304-384-6313. 

Throughout the year, Concord's art department faculty members are represented in galleries, museums, and other venues and are engaged both locally and nationally in their area of specialty.

"Concord University Department of Art Faculty Exhibition 2012" displays a cross section of the research endeavors undertaken by the art faculty.

Emeriti exhibitors:

Gerald Arrington is exhibiting recent oil paintings based on views of Brush Creek and Bluestone River.  Arrington is Emeritus Faculty in painting, printmaking, and drawing.

Sheila Chipley is displaying two fabric-based works that examine a relationship between traditional quilting and digital media.

Jim Coiner is contributing a mixed media drawing that incorporates one of his characteristic handmade frames.

Full-time faculty exhibitors:

Kevin Bennington instructs graphic design and illustration courses on the Athens campus.  He has expanded on his already impressive abilities with digital montage by adding interactive aspects to his work. His subject matter is aimed at drawing out a heightened awareness of the fragility in Appalachian waterways. Bennington's work points to familiar beauty but prevents litter and pollution from becoming acceptable truths.

Jamey Biggs is represented by a mixture of functional porcelain works and purely aesthetic earthenware pieces.  He uses Tonka truck images to evoke contemplations of cultural identity, tradition, and levity.  Biggs instructs ceramics and sculpture on the Athens campus and will be demonstrating pottery making techniques at Tamarack Oct. 12-14.

Mark Tobin Moore is recognized for his abilities within the collage medium. He is represented in this exhibition with his signature style as well as a more experimental work that relies on "found collage." He represents the art department in the Erma Byrd Center in Beckley.

Lauri Reidmiller specializes in art education.  She has continued her exploration of traditional silk painting this year. Her work is characterized by bright colors, symmetrical compositions, and use of the diptych format.

Jack Sheffler is chair of the Division of Fine Arts.  He is displaying his characteristic large, bold oil paintings.  Sheffler's work can currently be seen in his solo exhibition at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton.

Adjunct faculty exhibitors:

Steve Jessee is contributing a large digital image. Jessee is the owner/operator of Associated Photography in Princeton and instructs digital photography on the Athens and Beckley campuses.

Aislinn Lowry is teaching courses in drawing and painting. She is contributing representational watercolors as well as copper reliefs. 

Rita Montrosse is displaying colorful nonrepresentational, mixed media paintings.  She is recognized for her large compositions on paper.

Gary Roper is contributing stoneware bowls that reflect his expertise with salt and gas firing. His work displays effects of "Carbon Trapping" and use of "Oribe" glazes on functional forms. Roper instructs ceramics and drawing courses at Concord's Lewisburg campus. He is the owner of Lewisburg's Washington Street Gallery.

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