Dairy Barn Art Center’s ‘Athens Voices USA 2015’ On Exhibit At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
May 29 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu






ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s Arthur Butcher Art Gallery will be hosting “Athens Voices USA 2015” June 1 through July 22.  The 7th Biennial national juried exhibition features mixed media art produced by artists that live or work within 30 miles of “Athens” communities in the United States. The collection includes works from 48 talented “Athens” artists with a total of 75 pieces representing Athens, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Nine artists were selected to represent Athens, W.Va. in the exhibition. They are:  Kylene Babski, Kevin Bennington, Jamey Biggs (Juror), Amanda Lester (Juror’s Award), Randall Lilly, Jan Millard, Jack Sheffler, Sterling Snyder, and Jessica Sutphin.

The public is invited to a reception on June 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Arthur Butcher Art Gallery.  There is no charge for admission.  The gallery is located in the Alexander Fine Arts Center on Concord University’s Athens campus.

“Athens Voices USA 2015” was organized by the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio where it was displayed earlier this year.  The exhibition will be hosted by The Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur, Ala. following its stop in Athens, W.Va.

For more information on “Athens Voices USA 2015” visit http://dairybarn.org/exhibits/current-exhibitions/athens-voices-usa-2015/

Additional information on the upcoming exhibit at Concord University is available by contacting Jamey Biggs at jbiggs@concord.edu

Photo attached below

Duck Pond by Kevin Bennington, Concord University Assistant Professor of Art


“This work is comprised of hundreds of photos of West Virginia lakes. Trees, water and trash have been added, changed, modified or saturated to create a landscape. I use nature-based photos to construct these one of a kind nature-based scenes. Viewers can open the panels to see a clean environment vs. the polluted environment on the outside panels. I create this type of artwork to help promote and communicate that pollution in our West Virginia rivers and lakes is a problem,” Kevin Bennington said.



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