posted August 19, 2008

De Pree Gallery to Exhibit Works by Ken Little

 The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will feature the work of Ken Little in the exhibition "Shell Games: The Work of Ken Little," running Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 5.

There will be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The public is invited to both the exhibition and the reception.  Admission is free.

The exhibition will consist of mixed media ranging from American currency to bronze.

Ken Little is professor of art at the University of Texas, San Antonio.  His work is found in public and private collections, such as the Contemporary Art Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii; the City of Seattle; the Nelson Gallery of the University of California, Davis; and the Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, Wash.

Kathleen Whitney, of the Southwest School of Art and Craft in Texas has said that Little is "an artist who formulates jokes and riddles about appearances." She has described him as "a kind of Mark Twain, a prolific storyteller working with images of his time and place."

Little's work has been featured in more than 35 one-person exhibitions at prestigious venues and in more than 200 group exhibitions. His work has been reviewed in numerous national publications including "Art in America," "Art Week," "The New Art Examiner," "ArtSpace" and "Sculpture" magazines.

He has been the recipient of many prizes, honors and grants, including two major individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982 and 1988; the Arts Industry Grant from the Kohler company in 1988 and 1996; the Mid America Art Alliance Sculpture Fellowship in 1985; the Penny McCall Foundation's Visual Fellowship in 1991; and others.

Since 1993, he has maintained a studio in a warehouse building that he owns in downtown San Antonio.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.