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OUS-Proctorville center to feature artwork by Marshall gallery director

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio -- A Marshall University employee will have his artwork showcased at Ohio University Southern in Proctorville, Ohio, this week.

John Farley, director of the Birke Art Gallery and Gallery 842, will be showcasing work he has done over the years as well as in the present.

"Although largely composed of previous drawings, stylistically and thematically unified, I have chosen to also include two new examples of portraiture," said Farley, in a news release. "For years I have sought a stronger emotional component in my work and a more compelling reason to produce it. This show represents a shift from the introspective drawings of the last few years to a developing body of portrait drawings that is more accessible as a viewer, rewarding for me, as an artist, and meaningful to those I care for, which is really what it's all about."

Not only is Farley a Marshall employee but he is also a Marshall graduate receiving his bachelor's in 2007 with an emphasis in painting.

"Given our close proximity to OU Southern, I hope that this is only one of many upcoming efforts at cross-pollination," Farley said. "Networking is always crucial. I'm not the first artist with MU ties to display work there, and I hope to feature more artists from southern Ohio at Marshall."

Farley said there is no general theme for the exhibition but the show is dedicated to his grandmother.

"It's a humbling thing, but with my growing focus on portraiture, the drawings themselves are mere vehicles to celebrate the individuals depicted; folks dear to me, and dear to others."

The exhibition's opening reception is from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, and the exhibition runs until Thursday, Sept. 26.