Art Exhibit Focuses on Chautauqua Theme

Published on January 09, 2017

The diverse works of 58 artists from 26 states stretching from Maine to California will be showcased in Eastern Kentucky University’s National Juried Chautauqua Art Exhibition Jan. 23-Feb. 22 in the University’s Giles Gallery.

The exhibit is based on the theme for this year’s Chautauqua series: “Order and Chaos.”

“This has been a very popular theme for artists,” said Esther Randall, professor in EKU’s Department of Art and Design. “The result is the largest exhibition we have ever had. A wide range of media, from installation to the more traditional painting, photography and sculpture, will be featured.”

The juror for the exhibit is Robert L. Croker, artist in residence at Rembrandt’s Restaurant and Bar, Philadelphia, where he also works as an independent artist and maintains an active individual studio practice.

Croker earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and his MFA from the University of Arizona. He taught at LaGrange College and the University of Georgia before moving to New York City to work at the Guggenheim Museum. He went on to do technical and collections management work for a series of agencies, including Dia Art Foundation, the New York Historical Society, Crozier Fine Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, and Artex Fine Art Services.

In 2014, he returned to his southern roots to curate Between Rock and an Art Place, an exhibition celebrating the art of the mid-1970s to the early 1980s that inspired the music scene of Athens, Georgia.

A reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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The event is sponsored by the College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences; the Department of Art & Design; and EKU Honors.

For more information about the 2016-17 Chautauqua Series at EKU, visit or contact Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator Dr. Erik Liddell at


Inset photo: Construction Destruction #2, digitalized photograph by artist Sara Drower.