Housed in historic Parmenter Hall on the Baldwin City campus, the Holt-Russell Art Gallery features art by students, faculty, and local, national, and international artists.
Students exhibit their work in an annual juried student art show. In addition, students work as preparers, curators and organizers of their senior exhibitions.
The Holt-Russell Gallery is located on the second floor of Parmenter Hall at 706 Dearborn St.
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Major Holidays
Assistant Professor of Art
Director Holt-Russell Gallery
Fall 2017 Schedule
Robert Davis: Journeyman | October 5 – November 3
Artist Reception & Talk | October 5 | 5 – 7p.m.
The many factors that contribute to an individual’s growth and forward momentum from a station in life are the primary influence on the sculptures and installations of Robert Davis, Jr., based in Dallas, Texas. Factors such as environment, social status, education, and the notion of nurture vs. nature, play a critical role in what is considered by many to be an experience of mixed emotions that often comes with crippling anxiety, making it difficult to move outside of a perceived stability. A small step can seem like a great leap into the beyond from a precipice that shows no other apparent way of decent.
As an individual trying to advance in life, Davis finds that the conditions that surround him push a project toward a new direction, but at the same time acts to ground the psyche in the reality of his situation. As such, the materials used in the works shown hold a special meaning toward growth and journey and essentially grant each piece the possibility of being an abstracted self-portrait. They are combined in an attempt to depict the many feelings of trying to move onto the next phase.
Many of the methods used in creating the works are methodical and ground Davis to his life as a machinist, but as he tries to expand horizons, it is important to remember that at some point everyone ends up standing on the edge of something momentous when all that is needed is to place one foot in front of the other and become a journeyman.