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Artist Michael Ferris, Jr. sculpture exhibit to open January 31 at Rockford University

Friday, January 24, 2014  
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For Immediate Release- 1/24/2014
Contact: Art Gallery Director, Molly Carter 815-226-4105  

Rockford, Ill. - Michael Ferris, Jr.’s solo art exhibition presents a number of his recent

Michael Ferris Jr. Recent Sculpture recycled wood/pigmented grout

Allen, 2010, recycled wood and pigmented grout sculpture, 25 x 13 x 17 inches

sculptures and preparatory works, including several drawings and a 3-D model. The larger-than life sculptures of people the artist knows are constructed out of reclaimed wood and pigmented glue. Ferris’ visually compelling work complete with richly colorful surfaces are heavily influenced by his Lebanese heritage and specifically two inlaid Middle Eastern backgammon tables that were in his Chicago childhood home.  

Michael Ferris Jr. currently lives and works in Bronx, New York. Rockford University Art Gallery is the first venue for this traveling exhibition.  

The exhibit opens Friday, January 31 with an artist lecture at 6 p.m., and a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. The exhibit will close February 26. The Rockford University art gallery is located in the Clark Arts Center at 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Gallery Hours are Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Clark Arts Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact the Rockford University Box Office at 815-226-4100.

To see the Spring 2014 list of upcoming Art Gallery exhibits visit: http://www.rockford.edu/?ArtGallery.


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