The Eva G. Farris Art Gallery is located in the Library Building of the Crestview Hills, Ky. campus of Thomas More College. Initially created to enrich the liberal arts experience at the College, The Gallery has become a leader in exhibiting local, regional and national contemporary artists and is one of the premier college galleries in Northern Kentucky.

For more information about current exhibitions, gallery talks and lectures or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting in the gallery, please contact the Gallery Director at neale@thomasmore.edu.

Elizabeth Neal
Assistant Professor, Studio Art
Apprenticeship Program
Director, Eva G. Farris Gallery
at Thomas More College
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY, 41017


Kate Rowekamp '12: Notes on Habitativity Appendix at Thomas More College

Gallery Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10pm
  • Friday - 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday - 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Special Holiday Hours may change this schedule. Please call the Library at 859-344-3300 for any questions or directions. The Eva G. Farris Art Gallery is located on the entrance level of the Thomas More Library. For more information, call 859-344-3300.

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Notes on Habitativity Appendix
By: Kate Rowekamp

Kate Rowekamp’s work uses imaginary monsters as a metaphor for resistance toward major life changes, primarily the responsibilities that come with aging. She has created creatures fusing concepts from the newly proposed stage of human development called Emerging Adulthood and the Lepidoptera (moth/butterfly) life cycle. The primary creatures, Catter Sapiens, have the frames of adult humans and the skin of caterpillars to represent looking like an adult but feeling like a child. Rowekamp tells the narrative of a group of Catter Sapiens that refuse to metamorphose into adults (called Butter Sapiens for butterfly-humans) and therein disrupt the entire lifecycle of their species. The creatures embark on defining an entirely new path of existence in an attempt to live as adolescents and shirk mature responsibilities such as reproducing and hard labor.

Rowekamp works in many different media to create an immersive experience for the viewer. She creates etchings, drawings, notebooks, animations, and installations that when viewed together are meant to trick the viewer into believing the creatures are a new discovery that actually exists in the scientific community. She makes artifacts of the creatures’ existence, draws, prints, and animates scenes of their actions and experiences, as well as interprets their actions and experiences into research documents as if they are being observed by an entomologist. She combines a fanciful rendering style with genuine scientific information to create a surreal but engaging climate.

History

On June 21, 2007, Thomas More College unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the "Eva G. Farris Art Gallery." Over 150 friends attended the celebration, which was a surprise to the honoree as part of the annual Thomas More College Foundation Event. After the unveiling, friends dined in the Thomas More Library and had an opportunity to tour the Gallery where a student exhibit was on display.

"For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals," said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, former president of Thomas More College. "She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community."

A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson '07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

 

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