Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
By: Ben Kleier & Cedric Michael Cox
In conjunction with the Art Apprenticeship Program at Thomas More College, the exhibition Spherical Perspectives features the artwork of Cedric Michael Cox and Thomas More Junior, Art Major Ben Kleier. Both artists are interested in interpreting space and environment. A common ground is drawn in their interest in collaboration and exploration of differing genres in art as a source of inspiration. The artwork featured by Cox explore his evolving interest in reinventing the geometries in both man-made and natural environments with various themes that correlate with nature and music. Kleier’s work captures his continual growth as both a painter and sculptor and creates mixed media pieces inspired by his time in the studio with Cox.
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.