CONWAY, Ark. (September 6,
2017) – Ron Isaacs, an artist who combines painting and wood sculpture to make trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) constructions,
will give a lecture Thursday, September 14 to mark the opening of an exhibit of
his work hosted by the Hendrix College Art Department. The lecture, which is
free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Art Building A,
and a reception follows.
Beginning with Finnish birch
plywood, Isaacs uses sculpting and painting techniques to make the wood
resemble objects such as clothing and leaves. “That an object made of one
material can take on the outward appearance and ‘reality’ of another is of
great importance to me – and perhaps part of the reason that historically,
making art became allied with making magic,” Isaacs has written in reflecting
on his work.
Isaacs received a B.A. in art
at Berea College and went on to earn an M.F.A. in painting at Indiana
University. He taught painting and drawing at Eastern Kentucky University for
more than 30 years, and over time, developed his unique fusion of painting with
sculpture. Isaacs has mounted numerous solo exhibitions nationwide and has work
in the permanent collection of Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wis.; Huntsville
Museum of Art, Huntsville, Ala.; Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Ky.; and many
private and corporate collections. Since 1974 he has been represented by top
galleries in cities from Chicago to New York.
The exhibit will run through
Friday, October 6, 2017. To learn more, contact Professor Erik Maakestad at 501-450-1264
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
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rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.