Work of Alliance Native Gary Kirksey, '44601,' to Be on Display at Crandall Gallery

April 01, 2010

The work of photographer and Alliance native Gary Kirksey will be on display at Mount Union College's Crandall Art Gallery from February 1 ' March 3, featuring his recent work, including 'A Vanishing Generation: 44601 and Beyond.'

Austin Kirksey Sisters Claudia May and Caressa, 1996 by Gary Kirksey.

A reception will be held on Saturday, February 5 from 4 ' 6 p.m. at the Crandall Art Gallery.

This solo exhibit will feature Kirksey's fine arts work on 'A Vanishing Generation,' which acknowledges African-Americans' contributions, their pride and achievements, having succeeded despite the odds. His series documents subjects in their retirement wearing daily attire that communicates each person's unique gifts, showing pride and the celebration of life.

Kirksey graduated from Alliance High School in 1973. He received a bachelor of science degree from Miami University and a master of arts degree from Ohio University. He has been a member of the faculty at the Ohio University School of Visual Communication since January 1987.

Throughout his career, Kirksey has had a number of photographs published in 'Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers' and 'One for the Record: Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee.' Among his many shows, his work has been included in such exhibitions as: 'Tenth Annual African-American Art Exhibit,' 'Five Senses,' and 'Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers.' His works are part of the permanent collections at Brown Foreman Corporation in Kentucky, the African-American Museum of Art in Dallas, the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, and several private collections.

His current projects include his work on 'Documenting Tuskegee Airman,' 'A Vanishing Generation: 44601,' and 'Portraits with African Masks.'

Both the reception and the Crandall Art Gallery are free and open to the public. The Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m.

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