Gallery 842 exhibition focuses on the spiritual

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2010
Jaye Ike, College of Fine Arts, 304-696-3296

Upcoming Gallery 842 exhibition focuses on the spiritual

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Ian Hagarty, who teaches painting in Marshall University’s College of Fine Arts, is the curator of Gallery 842’s upcoming exhibition, “On Spirituality: Emerging Visions of the Spiritual.”

The exhibition opens Jan. 21 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on display through Feb. 18.

Hagarty is in his first year of teaching at Marshall. He has taken a behind-the-scenes role in this endeavor – choosing the artists and art for the exhibition, instead of presenting work.

“As part of my first contribution to the Department of Art and Design I wanted to organize an exhibition with students, and the community at large, in mind,” Hagarty said. “The exhibition brings together a diverse group of emerging artists who work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and my hope is that students will have the opportunity to recognize that, in the contemporary art world, being an artist doesn’t always have to be medium-specific. I also hope that the exhibition presents creative options for addressing, what for some is a very important issue, ‘Spirituality.’

Hagarty invited nine artists from across the country, and one from Huntington. Natalie Larsen, who also teaches art at Marshall, will present work in this exhibition.

“Some of the artists in the exhibition have ties to one another via education/schools, region, etc.,” Hagarty said, “and I was fortunate to be able to bring together such a strong mix of creative individuals, due to their committed involvement with the theme of the show.”

Gallery 842 is located at 842 4th Ave. in Huntington. It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Following is a list of artists who will be represented in the exhibition:

  • Charles Westfall          MFA, University of Georgia, 2011 (candidate)
  • Casey Smith                MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 2005
  • Natalie Larsen             MFA, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2006
  • Jared Clark                  MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2007
  • Stacy Isenbarger         MFA, University of Georgia, 2009
  • Rusty Wallace             MFA, University of Georgia, 2000
  • Jeff Guy
  • Leonor Jurado             MFA, University of Missouri, 2009
  • Matthew Ballou          MFA, Indiana University, 2005
  • Craig Hawkins            MFA, University of Georgia, 2011 (candidate)