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A RU Art Professor Finds Connections


RiCharD by Dr. Richard Bay

Stuff. This is what RU professor of art education and RU Art Museum exhibitions designer Dr. Richard Bay calls his recent artwork. The full title of his show at Gallery Flux in Ashland, Va. is actually “Stuff: Like It, Hate It, It’s What I Make! A Lifelong Story!” The narrative for this also could include the idea of connection.

The connection involves Radford University art alumna Alexis Van Voorhis Shockley ‘07, M.F.A. ‘09, who is the Gallery Director for Gallery Flux.

Shockley earned a B.F.A. with a minor in marketing and then returned to RU for a M.F.A. During those years she was a student worker and a graduate assistant for the RU Art Museum. It was through this that she worked with Bay.

“Richard was a great friend and mentor. It was such a crazy moment when I was offered this job at Gallery Flux and saw his name as one of the artists signed on here. Now that his show is coming up, I find myself working with Richard like old times, as though I was back at Radford,” Shockley says.

But it is not just Shockley’s curation of Bay’s show that is a connection for Bay's exhibition.

It was through his teaching that he made the connection with the gallery. Bay began working on this particular show a year and a half ago after meeting the gallery’s owner Hugh Joyce. Bay met Joyce after leading a workshop at Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Va. The RU art professor was invited to do this workshop by a teacher of a student who had attended RU’s Governor’s School. While in Mechanicsville, the student and her father introduced Bay to Joyce. Because of the workshop, Bay had examples of his work available for viewing.

“We projected others I had on a jump drive and over the last year and a half we've been putting this [show] together! I am quite excited. It is a wonderful space and he and Alexis have been so kind and accommodating,” Bay says about becoming acquainted with the gallery and working with the staff.

Bay’s show opens on Thursday, Oct. 3 and continues until Nov. 2. An opening reception is on Oct. 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where the artist will hand-embellish digital prints purchased by viewers.

On Friday Oct. 4 at 11:00 a.m., there is an art chat with Bay, who will describe his process, the pieces, and answer any questions about his work.

For more information about Gallery Flux, please visit their website at www.galleryflux.com. To learn more about the RU Art department please visit www.radford.edu/art.

Sep 30, 2013

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