Thursday, October 17, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Featuring work by three new emeritus faculty from The Ohio State University Department of Art; celebrating their legacies as artists and teachers: Charles Massey (Printmaking), Tony Mendoza (Photography), and Pheoris West (Painting & Drawing).
Pheoris West worked as an associate professor in The Ohio State University's College of the Arts beginning in 1976. In addition to his career as professor, West has had his artwork displayed in many spaces such as the Philadelphia Museum, Boston Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MuseoCivico D'Arts Contemporaneo Di Gibillina, Palermo, Italy, and the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center. West has also worked as curator for Homage to Jazz (1999) at the Martin Luther King Center in Columbus, served on the National Endowment of the Arts Expansion Arts Panel, the International Juror National Exhibition of Zimbabwe, and the Ohio Arts Council. West's art focuses on African and American cultural traditions.
In addition to his work as professor in the Department of Art's Photography program,Tony Mendoza is known as a photographer, a writer, and a filmmaker. His accomplishments include three NEA Photography Fellowships, a Guggenheim Photography Fellowship, and five Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in photography, creative writing, and video. He authored Cuba: Going Back, which chronicles his first trip to Cuba after nearly 4 decades of exile, Stories, an autobiography of photos and text, and Ernie, a book about his cat. As a filmmaker, Mendoza has had his documentaries, Cuba: Going Back and My Father's Lunch viewed at the New York Video Festival. Mendoza's art focuses on personal subject matter with a focus on telling a story with his work.
Charles Massey, Jr. has been a faculty member in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University since 1974, and was Chair of the Department of Art from 1982 to 1988. During his career at OSU, he has received many awards including the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1981, a Council of Graduate Students Service Award in 1999, and the OSU Colleges of the Arts and Sciences Honors Faculty Service Award for Outstanding Achievement for 2006-2007. Among his numerous other accomplishments, he has worked as an Honors, Scholars, and Undergraduate Research Adviser for more than seventy-five projects since 1991. He was also awarded a 2009 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award by The Undergraduate Research Office at OSU during the Fourteenth Annual Richard J. & Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. And in 2010, he was recognized for fifteen years of dedicated service to the Denman forum. In addition, he has served as a member of the Denman Advisory Committee for several years. Massey's work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in over 900 exhibitions since 1971 and he has received over 200 awards. The majority of Massey's work is printmaking, mostly lithography, and drawing. His primary focus is portraying simple objects that are often taken for granted.
- Pheoris West: How Long, digital print and oil paint on canvas
- Pheoris West: HipHop, digital print and oil paint on canva
- Charles Massey: Secrets' Left Side, mixed: lithograph/color pencil
- Charles Massey: Secrets' Right Side, mixed: lithograph/color pencil
- Tony Mendoza: from the Yosemite series, photography, 2013