(Install) Landlocked: Redux Murray State Unviersity January 26 – Febuary 24, 2022

Landlocked: Redux ended it’s exhibition run in The Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University’s Department of Art & Design on Feburary 24, 2022. The exhibition was the beginning of the Department of Art celebrating the university’s centennial.

Director of Galleries, T. Michael Martin has several Art & Design alumni exhibition in the plans for the year. Along Saray Phyllis Smith and Douglas Deggess’s dirt from here and dirt from there exhibit, Landlocked: Redux was one of the two to start the alumni show run for the year in the galleries. I can’t wait to see which alumni are featured in shows in the coming months.

Here are some snapshots of Sarah and Douglas’s show:

For the end of the exhibition, I was invited to give an artist talk and visit the Dr. Antje Gamble’s Museum and Curatorial Studies students and T. Michael Martin’s Professional Practices students over February 24 and 25th. The show was deinstalled the afternoon of the 25th.

During my visit I was able to see some former classmates/now colleagues and catch up with some former professors who taught me during my formative years at Murray (2001-2007).

I’ll be returing to Murray on March 7th to jury the the annual OMAS student show and pick up the remaining work from my show.

Fun fact: Back in 2013-2014, Marylin Murphy, Professor of Art in Painting at Vanderbilt Univeristy, had gone out of town for an artist trip and had asked me to give a short artist talk for her painting students.  After the talk, one student asked me what were my goals for my art. I responded with “I want to reconnect more with the islands (Palau) through my work and through the people culminating in an exhibition at the Belau National Museum; and I wanted to return to Murray with a solo exhibitionin The Clara M. Eagle Gallery.”

I can confirm that one of these two goals is now checked off the list.

Special thanks to the following people for inviting me and the show to Murray and for making the exhibition run a successful experience:

  • T. Michael Martin, Associate Professor of Art; Director of University Galleries
  • Dr. Anjte Gamble, Associate Professor of Art, Art History
  • Chris Lavery, Associate Professor of Art, Sculpture;  Department Chair
  • Woody Leslie, Instructor of Art & Design; Studio Technician
  • Matthew Rowan, Accounting Clerk,
  • Pamela Parker, Administrative Assistant
  • The Clara M. Eagle Gallery student art handlers
  • The students in the Museum and Curatorial Studies class
  • The students in the Professional Practices class

Special Shout outs for the continued support over the years:

  • Ann Flowers Gosser, artist and fellow MSU 2007 Alum
  • Gregory Scott Cook, Assistant Professor of Art & Design, Graphic Design
  • Nicole Hand, Professor of Art, Printmaking; Assistant Dean of Humanities and Fine Art
  • Jim Bryant, Professor of Art, Graphic Design
  • Dale Leys, Professor Emeritus, Drawing

The install:


After the exhibition closed for the day, those who were able to see gallery with just the safety lights reflecting off the gallery floor were privy to a beautiful view. It is pretty awesome to think that Landlocked look like it was underwater when during the night hours.:



In addition to the exhibition, artist talk, and visiting the two classes, I returned Murray State by invitation of OMAS (Organization of Murray Art Students) and their faculty mentor, Professor of Art & Design Todd Herzberg to be the juror for the annual student art exhibition.  It was a great experience! Thank you for having me take part in the show OMAS and Todd!

Below are pictures from T. Michael Martin, the Director of Galleries and Associate Professor of Art & Design and the Murray State University Department of Art & Design social media,  from the opening of MONOCHROME: OMAS Student Show 2022 in The Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University on March 11, 2022.