15-Aug-2015 to 27-Sep-2015
These are not-your-average found-object sculptures. Shown in over 400 exhibitions nationwide and held in over 60 private and public collections, Artist Robert Millard-Mendez will be opening a solo exhibit here on August 15. Mendez was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, a city with an incredible industrial past. Growing up there fostered a fascination with late-nineteenth century mechanical technology. From an early age, Mendez was enthralled with mechanics and motion.As a first generation college student he is eternally grateful for the generosity of Dr. An Wang (the founder of Wang Laboratories) who funded a number of full academic scholarships to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, one of which Rob received. After receiving his BFA, he went on to receive an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In his career as a college art professor he honored Dr. Wang's commitment to education by undertaking many art related community outreach projects that involve under-served populations.
Mendez currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN, Teaching 3-D Design, Woodworking, Art Appreciation, Senior Seminar, and First Year Experience.
Millard-Mendez has been teaching at the college level since 1999 and lectures about art to different audiences.
Join us for our free, public opening reception scheduled for August 15, 6–9 p.m. will feature a brief presentation by the artist, live music, artisan tacos and a cash bar. Joining us back by popular demand is Matt Keeler and the Blues Revelers! These guys never disappoint and will have you toe tapping in no time!
Matt Keeler started off playing a mixture of Pre-WWII blues and spirituals in the mid-1990s, but has since broadened his repertoire to include other styles, such as ragtime, Irish traditional music, hokum, early American popular music, and Appalachian fiddle tunes. The Ohio-based band, Blues Reveler, is essentially his homage to American roots music. It brings together an unprecedented array of traditional music styles incorporating many iconic instruments, including washtub bass, bones, hurdy gurdy, washboard, and other miscellaneous debris.