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ACTU’s season kicks off with faculty art exhibit

Thomas University’s well-known fine arts and performing arts series ACTU (Arts for the Community at Thomas University) will open its 2017-18 season with a faculty art exhibit in TU’s Art Gallery inside the Student Life Center on TU’s Magnolia Campus.

The exhibit will feature Richard Curtis, TU assistant professor of art, and David Allio, TU’s artist in residence who is a seasoned photographer. The exhibit will run Sept. 11-Oct. 20. The opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

Curtis joined Thomas University in January 2011. He creates art from a variety of media and his work has been featured in a number of exhibits in the U.S. and internationally. As an art educator, Curtis has worked with college students as well as students at the schools for the blind in Georgia and North Florida. He wrote a biography about Jack Adams, an artist originally from Boston, Georgia, and a chapbook entitled “Songs for The Big Oak,” which includes original images, poetry and prose about Thomasville’s Big Oak.

“The work I will be exhibiting is a selection of recent drawings from the series, ‘Postcards from Nowhere,’” Curtis said. “They are all mixed media on paper. This is an ongoing series that captures mundane scenes and snippets of the everyday. With each drawing, I attempt to find a sublime moment happening within the most ordinary life.”

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Alabama and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Allio joined TU in the fall of 2016. His photography career includes working for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nabisco Sports Marketing Enterprises, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. His work has appeared in USA Today, New York Times, New York Post, Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, just to name a few. His artwork has been displayed throughout the U.S. and internationally.

In the exhibit, Allio will present works from the two series “Maps and Memories” and “There Have Been Changes.”

“Simplification of complicated ideas may seem contrary to the fine art theories of complicating the simple, yet the project dominating my current art practice, “There Have Been Changes,” attempts to expand the message of a complex environmental situation beyond the realm of research scientists through a hybridization of visual art mediums,” Allio said. “The urgency for discourse with an audience beyond microbiologists increased as The Gulf of Mexico was flooded with crude oil following the failure of the Macando Prospect deep water drilling operation.”

Allio holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Communication and Visual Art from the University of Virginia, Clinch Valley College, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Other events in ACTU’s 2017-18 season include the popular Sundays at Four and Fridays at Noon musical performance series, other art exhibitions, TU Book Club meetings and the Night Hawk Review Poetry Slam.

“ACTU is a true partnership between the university and the community,” said Dr. Karl Barton, ACTU Coordinator and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies at TU. “We are very excited about the new season. This year promises to bring a wealth of activities with guest performers, speakers and musical programs.”

For more information about the ACTU’s season, visit thomasu.edu/actu, call 229-227-6964 or email actu@thomasu.edu.

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