2 Kentucky State seniors exhibiting work at student gallery

Special to The State Journal Published:

Geoff Murphy and Ryan Skylar Gibbons are presenting their senior art exhibitions concurrently through Wednesday in the new Shauntee Hall Student Exhibition Gallery on the south campus of Kentucky State University.

Murphy has exhibited in alternative venues in Lexington and Cincinnati and works in a variety of media.  He participates in the annual PRHBTN event in Lexington and in June will participate in “Give in to the Groves” at Applebee’s Park.

He attended Kentucky State University on a University Excellence Scholarship. For this event he is exhibiting mixed media paintings titled “Raw Meat” that are intriguing in concept and demonstrate exceptional drawing skills. 

Gibbons has concentrated in sculpture and ceramics at KSU and will enter the MFA program at the State University of California at Chico in ceramics in the fall.

He shared the two highest graduation awards in art — highest GPA and Excellence in Studio Art — with classmate Brittany Hargrave.  He also served as the supplemental instructor in the Academic Center for Excellence for Art History.

Gibbons exhibit is a sculptural installation of ceramics and mixed media titled “Create and Destroy.” He will also exhibit outdoors in the Downtown Frankfort Spring Art Walk. His work for that event deals with hunger and related cultural issues composed of hundreds of raku “cans.”

“I create surreal environments forming strange unique experiences, right here, in America,” Gibbons said of his work. “(These are) experiences you won’t be able to find in a store. I utilize art to invoke contemplation of empathy in order to combat what I see as American apathy.”

If you go: The gallery is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. From East Main, turn onto Martin Luther King Boulevard, take the first left onto Cold Harbor Drive, second left onto University Drive and continue turning left through the parking lot down to Shauntee Hall beside the old cinder track. Parking is available next to the building all day but prior to 5 p.m. stop by the University Police Station and pick up a visitor’s pass. After 5 no pass is required.

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