Rio professor to talk about FAC art exhibition

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — The October exhibit in the Galleries at Riverby, home of the French Art Colony, features the work of the internationally renowned sculptor and Jackson native Fletcher Benton.

“The French Art Colony is privileged to have this exhibit, through the generosity of the Lillian E. Jones Museum in Jackson, Megan Malone, director,” said Joseph Wright, executive director of FAC. “The exhibit is on loan from their permanent Fletcher Benton collection, and will be at Riverby through Nov. 7.”

A public reception for the exhibit will be 3 p.m. Oct. 25. The event is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. Dr. Greg Miller will be the guest speaker at the reception and will talk about Fletcher Benton and his works.

Dr. Gregory A. Miller is professor emeritus of fine and performing arts and director of graduate studies at the University of Rio Grande. Dr. Miller received his bachelor’s degree in theatre at Ohio University, his master’s degree in humanities at Xavier University, and his doctorate in comparative arts from Ohio University. Miller is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Arts. He has been promoting the arts in education through speeches and workshops nationally and internationally.

As for the exhibit itself, Benton was born in 1931 and, as a youth, was a successful sign painter. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1956, when he moved to California His teaching career began in California, where he taught until 1986, including California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and San Francisco Art Institute and California State University in San Jose.

Starting in 1959, Benton did solo exhibitions, including the famous Gump Gallery in San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Dimensions Gallery in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Galeria Bonito in New York, Milwaukee Art Center, Galerie Francoise Mayer in Brussels, Belgium, and Galeria Bonino in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to name only a few.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Galleries are closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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