Martin Museum of Art Hosts Sculptor for Gallery Talk

Oct. 6, 2009

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Willie Ray Parish, a sculptor whose work is featured at Baylor University's Martin Museum of Art, will present a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the final gallery talk of the first exhibition of the fall semester, which features Lee Edwards, Rudy Pozzatti and Parish.

Parish will discuss site specific work that is different than what was exhibited at the Martin Museum. Through the use of photography, Parish will explain these unique works, including a piece with an outboard motor and 500 pounds of concrete as the wake and his favorite piece based on Hurricane Katrina.

The collection on display at the Martin Museum features a piece from Parish's early "Humpback Theories."

"The piece portrays a side view of the whale with the hump peaking out of the sea," said Parish. "The body language of the whale reveals that the whale is pleading for help and asking us to make a difference in the environment to save him."

Other works by Parish in the Martin Museum collection include "Jive," a metaphor for a celebratory dance that symbolizes a post trauma celebration.

As a sculptor for more than 35 years, Parish enhanced his artistic abilities at the University of Mississippi and received his master of fine arts degree from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Parish now teaches sculpture at the University of Texas at El Paso.

For more information, contact the Martin Museum at (254) 710-6390.

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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