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Life in Shades of Gray exhibit comes to Perspective Gallery Feb. 7 through March 3


   

Randy Simmons' Libra Libra by Randy Simmons, charcoal on paper 2011


BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 31, 2012 – Life in Shades of Gray, an exhibit featuring the recent works of Kentucky artist and visiting Virginia Tech lecturer Randy Simmons, will be on display Feb. 7 through March 3 at the Perspective Gallery in Squires Student Center.

Simmons, an associate professor of art at Paducah School of Art at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, will be on hand for a Meet the Artist reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Simmons is currently serving as lecture artist in Assistant Professor of Music Alan Weinstein’s Creativity and Aesthetics class at Virginia Tech.

Simmons works with charcoal on paper using a drawing technique called chiaroscuro, or light-dark, which originated during the Italian Renaissance period. On his website, he says his work is largely autobiographical, and that he often draws inspiration from social and political issues. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the country. He has also worked as a photographer and with video shoots, including the shoot for Ben Folds’ music video “Cologne” in 2008.

The Perspective Gallery is located on the second floor of Squires Student Center. Life in Shades of Gray will be on display during expanded gallery hours from Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.

Visit the gallery’s website for more information.

With a visitor’s pass, parking is available for Squires Student Center from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours.

After 5 p.m., free parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

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Written by Jennifer Gibson.