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TU’s faculty art exhibition opens Sept. 28

Thomas University’s faculty art exhibition, originally set to open Sept. 14, will now open with a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in TU’s Art Gallery inside the Student Life Center on TU’s Magnolia Campus. The date was changed due to TU’s closure following Hurricane Irma.

The exhibition, which will run through Oct. 20, will feature Richard Curtis, assistant professor of art; David Allio, artist in residence who is a seasoned photographer; and Haile McCollum an adjunct professor of art. The exhibition is part of TU’s fine arts and performing arts series ACTU (Arts for the Community at Thomas University.

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 exhibition, 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.

McCollum is owner of Fontaine Maury, a brand strategy and design firm. In addition to teaching art at TU, she is the creative director of Thom, a bi-annual arts and culture magazine. McCollum is also an occasional printmaker and painter. 

McCollum holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.


For more information about the faculty exhibition or ACTU’s 2017-18 season, visit, call 229-227-6964 or email


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