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CONCORD UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART KEVIN BENNINGTON
EXHIBITING WORK AT BLUEFIELD COLLEGE
ATHENS, W.Va. – “Time 4 Influence Continued,” an exhibit by Concord University Assistant Professor of Art Kevin Bennington, is currently on display at the Bluefield College Art Gallery in Bluefield, Va. The solo exhibition will run through Feb. 18 and is free and open to the public.
The art gallery is located on the first floor of Lansdell Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the Bluefield College Office of Public Relations at 276-326-4212. Please note that Lansdell Hall will be open every weekday except Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.
“These artworks stem from my passion in the field of graphic design and my love for many of the native rivers and lakes in southern West Virginia,” Bennington said in his artist statement.
During the past dozen years, Bennington has been compiling a collection of nature based photos that now numbers more than 9500 entries. Among the locations photographed are Sutton Lake, Cranberry Glades, Bull Falls, Brush Creek and the New, Greenbrier and Bluestone rivers.
“As an artist these photos are my inspiration to create these scenes displayed,” he said. “From memories and past dreams I used my photo database to construct these one of a kind nature based scenes.
“Over the last five years my work has been focused on informing viewers of how important pollution awareness is to our environment and in many cases I try to draw attention to both extremes of beauty and pollution,” Bennington said.
“In my later work I show the pristine environments and polluted environments as interactive artworks. With many of the works viewers can rotate or open the panels on each artwork to reveal the clean and polluted environments,” he said. “I used this method to hold the idea of window blinds or curtains. I ask viewers what do they do when they do not want to see something outside? Many of them reply, ‘close the window shade or window blind.’
“Each work is comprised of hundreds of photos of West Virginia rivers and lakes,” he said. “Trees, water and animals have been added, changed, modified or saturated to fit each particular landscape.
“As seen from the eye of an artist, each viewer will take from the work what they desire but as a graphic designer I create these pristine artworks to help promote and communicate that pollution in our West Virginia rivers and lakes is a problem. Maybe if we are more aware of how beautiful our surrounding region is, we will be less likely to pollute these environments,” he said.
Bennington teaches graphic design courses at Concord. He received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Studio Art from Concord in 2000 and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Art Institute – Miami International University of Art & Design in 2009.
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