ECTC's Morrison Gallery: A place of art and experience

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By Becca Owsley



The Morrison Gallery on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been a place of fine art and classical entertainment for at least 25 years.

Noteworthy exhibits of late range from paintings and sculptures that explore the relationship between positive and negative space to three-dimensional chair forms in various stages of destruction by Japanese Beetles.

An exhibit of works by Jeff Jensen, associate professor at Western Kentucky University, kicked off the fall 2010 semester with 12 acrylic paintings exploring abstract typeface.

"(His) painting and sculpture filled the gallery with color and energy,” said Rachel Ray, art history instructor and Morrison Gallery coordinator at ECTC. “I felt that it was the perfect work to open a new school year and it was enthusiastically received.”

In the spring 2011 semester, the gallery will feature work by local artists in a variety of media.

First up is an exhibit with photographs by Elizabethtown resident David Toczko. It will feature a section of photographs from Toczko’s book documenting Shakertown of Pleasant Hill.

The second exhibit of the year will display the work of sculptor John “Jake” Oxnard. His work combines an exploration of the woods around Bardstown and craftsmanship from a study of cabinetry.

The spring semester will conclude with a juried exhibit featuring artwork submitted to the Heartland Review — a literary journal published by ECTC with funding from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. 

Ray is working on shows for the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. The opening exhibit of the fall will include photographs by Laura Hartford of her son, who was born in Elizabethtown. Hartford is an assistant professor of fine arts at Bellarmine University.

One of Ray’s goals for the next year is to feature work that is culturally diverse and created in a variety of media.

“I am always looking for local and regional artists who are interested in exhibiting and encourage artists to send me a portfolio,” she said.

The Morrison Gallery has also played host to poetry readings, lectures, concerts and other cultural events but Ray said future events at the gallery will focus more on visual art.

It is a free local venue that provides access to innovative artwork and ideas.

“One never knows how he or she might be affected and changed by an experience with a work of art,” Ray said. “We hope to facilitate such experiences in those who visit the Morrison Gallery.”

The Morrison Gallery is in Room 102 of the Administration Building on ECTC’s campus in Elizabethtown.

During the semester, the gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information, contact Rachel Ray at rray0047@kctcs.edu or (270) 706-8507.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Spring Exhibits at the Morrison Gallery:

Exhibit 1:
Artist:  David Toczko
Exhibit dates:  Jan. 17–Feb. 11
Reception Information:  11 a.m.–1 p.m. Jan. 19   

Exhibit 2:
Artist:  John “Jake” Oxnard
Exhibit dates:  Feb. 28–March 25
Reception Info:  11 a.m.–1 p.m. March  2

Exhibit 3:
Artist:  Heartland Review
Exhibit dates:  April 4–22
Reception Info:  closing reception and poetry reading 6–8:30 p.m. April 21
The poetry reading will begin at 7 p.m.