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Greensboro College Art Exhibit by Kenn Kotara Opens Oct. 15

October 13, 2021 10:29 am
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Greensboro College Department of Art presents Kenn Kotara’s exhibition, “social geometries,” Oct. 15-Nov. 15 in the Anne Rudd Galyon Gallery, and the Irene Cullis Galley in the Cowan Humanities Building on campus.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. An opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Masks will be required within the indoor space.

The exhibit will explore “the anthropological quality of Braille, with a consideration of its metaphorical implications for other human interactions,” said Kotara, an Asheville native. A BFA (Graphic Design) and an MFA (Studio Art) graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he described each of his artworks as “transcribed as social commentary, bridging spatial organization as sets of connections.”

According to Professor Jim Langer, GC’s Director of Galleries and Dept. Chair of the Art Department, he described Kotara’s work as “explor[ing] the slipping glances of our visual and visceral spaces. The copper sheen and concept of communicating through touch immediately appeals to me, after 18 months of little physical contact among people outside of one’s home.”

Kotara, who is an Assistant Professor at Mars Hill University, also serving on its Arts Advisory Committee, has exhibited his work nationally, where his art has been featured in the museum and public collections of the Asheville Art Museum, Elon University, the Louisiana State Museum, Texas Women’s University, and the U.S. Embassy-Jamaica, among others.

(By Kenn Kotara, Softly to the Ceilings, 2019, hammered Braille and verdigris patina on copper on wood panel, 32×32 inches)

 

Greensboro College’s Department of Art offers the B.A. or B.S. in Art and the B.A. in Art Education, as well as the B.F.A. in painting or sculpture.

The program, with individual attention to students, combines classic art principles with the liberal-arts foundations of diverse branches of inquiry, including both science and the humanities, so that students can incorporate as much of the world as possible into their own art-making.

For more information about the exhibit or Greensboro College’s art program, contact department chair Jim Langer at 336-272-7102, ext. 5361, or email [email protected].

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and six master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at greensboro.edu.

 

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