Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
By: Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido & Jennifer A. Reis
Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido is an actively exhibiting artist with over two decades of experience including one person, international and regional juried, and invitational shows. Her artwork have been presented at such revered venues as the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Spaces, Indianapolis Art Center, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, Mexic-Arte Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Speed Art Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, Avampato Discovery Museum, Cleveland State University, University of Kentucky, and Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts. Mesa-Gaido is a faculty member at Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky.
Jennifer A. Reis is also an exhibiting and teaching artist, as well as gallery director and faculty at Morehead State University. She exhibits award-winning, hand-worked, embellished textile and mixed-media artworks in nationally and internationally juried exhibitions. Reis holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. She is a traditionally trained artist who is self-taught in textiles. Founded in her belief in the power of the arts to positively affect individual lives, her aim is to create transformative art experiences.
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.