Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
By: Betty Bone
Everyone you meet has either a passing or a lasting influence on who you are and what you become. These influences aren’t one dimensional. They are layered and varied. Furthermore, we rarely take the time to analyze the value and depth of individual influences or to outwardly celebrate, whether verbally or visually’ those individuals.
This show honors 13 women who have positively shaped who I am as a person. Each woman is represented with a life-sized silhouette made out of half inch plywood. Using laser cutting technology, each silhouette is embellished with rhythmic lines representing their many and varied individual influences.
Lighting and color palette both illuminate the dramatic and lasting effect of each influence. The lighting specifically draws across the gallery floor to emphasize the long lasting qualities of influence. The monochromatic palette creates drama and takes away all the superfluous elements that might detract from the focus of the exhibit: That we should investigate, understand, and celebrate those who influence our lives.
A fourteenth figure exists because sometimes the most positive influences in our lives are the children around us. We owe them positive influence in return.
Art Gallery 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.