Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
The 87 Days Project
In 2010, I became deeply affected by the Deep Water Horizon (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Millions of gallons of oil spewed from the well in to the ocean and the long-term effects are still unknown. Eighty-seven days elapsed before the well was capped but questions still remain about the long-term effects of the spill on the environment, safety regulations and company negligence. That tragic event changed my trajectory as an artist from making work about the over-consumption of material goods to fossil fuels.
My recent work incorporates sculpture, paintings and prints that use the over-consumption of fossil fuels (non-material based consumption) as their central theme. Powerful oil and coal companies have an overwhelming grip on all our lives, from our daily activities to our political system. We are manipulated into consuming more every day. The addictive use of these fuels is a significant cause of climate change. The abuse of these technologically outdated fuels, the structure of our current society and political system,
and the unwillingness to change are all factors that can and will be devastating to our environment and our lives. Change needs to happen now, not for our grandchildren, but for us, in the present. It's already hot out here.
- Roscoe Wilson
Artist Biography:Roscoe Wilson was born and raised in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. His environmental values were shaped in this mostly rural Mid-western setting. Growing up in this region enabled Roscoe to experience nature and discover an awareness that only a forest, lake, and field can offer. He went on to receive a B.A. (1997) from Wabash College in Indiana, a M.A. (1999) in Painting/Printmaking from Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, and a M.F.A (2002) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he furthered his interdisciplinary education by studying Printmaking, Sculptural Installation, and Painting. While at UW he was able to study the history of environmentalism and drew inspiration for his artwork from former Wisconsin residents and environmental pioneers like John Muir and Aldo Leopold. Since 2003 he has taught at Miami University Regionals in Ohio and is currently a Professor of Art and the Chair of the Department of Humanities and Creative Arts.
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.