A VERSION OF EVENTS: Local Artists Tell Their Stories Through Painting and Sculpture

Date: Monday, April 01, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: downtown Tuscaloosa Harrison Galleries,
Cost: Free and open to the public. 

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A Version of Events, an art exhibition by Virginia Eckinger and Mark Robert Barry, will be held at the Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa from March 28th through April 19th. There will be an artists' reception on April 4th from 6-9PM.

A Birmingham native, Virginia Eckinger is in her fourth semester of working towards her MFA in Sculpture at The University of Alabama. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2011.

Virginia creates both two and three-dimensional work that employ narrative as a way to provoke thought about society's ideas of femininity and sexuality. She uses the interplay between the human and animal figure as a means of subverting her viewers' preconceived notions on these subjects. Ms. Eckinger says, "In order to tell a story with these figures, I pull from past events from my life to build the underlying narrative structure of the work."

Mark Robert Barry is also in his fourth semester of graduate school at the University of Alabama. Before going back to school for his MFA in painting, he spent 14 years working in the corporate world as a graphic designer and brand strategist.

Mr. Barry's work investigates the physical and emotional effects of illness and disease. While his artworks are abstracted journal entries, calendars, and personal investigations, he hopes others will be able to relate to it as well. He says, "We all are affected, either directly or indirectly, by disease, depression, aging, or some other sort of health related stress. As such, I hope that people will be able to connect with these pieces in a personal and meaningful way."

A Version of Events will be at the Harrison Galleries in historic downtown Tuscaloosa from March 28th to April 19th. The public is invited to an artists' reception from 6-9PM on April 4th. For more information, contact Mark Robert Barry; (205) 239-3488; markrobertbarry@gmail.com

The thesis exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree. For more information on the graduate programs of the UA Department of Art and Art History, visit this link: http://art.ua.edu/site/programs/graduate/.

Contact Info: Mark Robert Barry, (205) 239-3488,

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