Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
Twisted Traditions: Sculptural Baskets
By: Elizabeth Runyon
Twisted Traditions: Sculptural Baskets featuring artwork by Elizabeth Runyon appears in the Eva G. Farris Art Gallery at Thomas More College beginning June 1 and running through June 19. Runyon’s pieces are based on traditional Appalachian ribbed egg basket techniques. Many of the large, sculptural pieces hang from the ceiling and are inspired by sea creatures or antique vessels. “My favorite piece is ‘Critter’,” Runyon says, “a four-foot long, mythic creature with a spiraling tail.”Runyon is a Kentucky native who lives in Oxford, Ohio, and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Past exhibits include solo shows at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio and the Zanesville Museum of Art in Zanesville, Ohio. Her work has also appeared in several juried regional shows including the Manifest Gallery, Red Tree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, and Kennedy Heights Art Center, all located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Runyon currently has work in Fantastic Fibers 2015 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Ky., and Best of 2015 at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Her piece Rocket will appear in the National Basketry Organization’sAll Things Considered VIII in St. Paul, Minn., and Boston, Mass., later this summer.
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.