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Exhibition of Work by Billy Mayer
Opens on Saturday, Jan. 13

Posted January 9, 2001

HOLLAND -- The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College is opening its spring 2001 season with "Souvenirs: recent ceramic works by Billy Mayer."

The exhibition will be on display from Saturday, Jan. 13, through Friday, Feb. 9. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Billy Mayer is a professor of art and chair of the department of art at Hope College. Developed during his spring 2000 sabbatical, the body of work included in the exhibition has its roots in an earlier endeavor. In 1993, during a sabbatical spent in San Marcos, Texas, Mayer began enumerating things that were "on his mind." The result was "HEAD," an installation piece originally consisting of more than 100 ceramic skulls with varying objects perched atop their craniums. Seen before in various stages of completion, "HEAD" is now exhibited in its culminating state: 250 ceramic skulls topped with items ranging from amplifiers to dogs to oil derricks.

Also included in the exhibition are new sculptural works which juxtapose imagery drawn from Mayer's Catholic upbringing with everyday objects and items of kitsch culture; "souvenirs" of his travels through life.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

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