Kennesaw State sculpture professor opens new exhibition
Ayokunle Odeleye's work is featured by MOCA GA
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KENNESAW, Ga. (October 22, 2012) —The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) announces the opening of "Ayokunle Odeleye: Thirty-Two Years of Public Art," an exhibition by Kennesaw State University Professor of Sculpture Ayokunle Odeleye. This retrospective exhibition, which will include models, drawings and photographs of sculpture commissioned for public spaces across the United States, represents an impressive body of work in a long career of art production by one of Georgia’s celebrated Public Art specialists.
Odeleye's exhibit will be open from Nov. 10, 2012 – Jan. 12, 2013. The opening reception will be on Friday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There will also be an Artist Talk by Odeleye at MOCA GA on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:00 p.m. with a reception beforehand beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Artist Talk is free to the public. In addition, there will be a Public Art Panel Discussion at MOCA GA at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The panel discussion will be moderated by Lisa Tuttle, and the panel will include Maria Artemis, Eddie Granderson, Matt Haffner, Ayokunle Odeleye and Curtis Patterson. A full-color exhibition catalogue is being produced and will be available for purchase during the exhibition.
Ayokunle Odeleye is a professional sculptor who has specialized in the creation of three-dimensional art for more than thirty years. He was trained at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Odeleye has consistently been teaching art since 1973 and he has held teaching positions at Dunbar High School, The Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Howard University, Spelman College, Woodland Middle School, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. His personal work involves the creation of large-scale sculpture for public environments. He works both abstractly and figuratively and maintains two separate state-of-the-art studio facilities, one for woodworking and another for metal fabrication.
Odeleye says of his thirty-two years as an artist: “I have had a long and successful career as both a professional sculptor and arts educator since receiving my BFA degree in 1973 and MFA degree in 1975 from Howard University. During that time I have passionately devoted my artistic production to the creation of large scale sculpture for public spaces. My professional accomplishment as a sculptor has been to consistently win, design and execute a major sculpture commission every other year for the past thirty two years as well as lecture widely on the subject. My work as a Public Arts specialist and scholar in the field has been both exhilarating and challenging resulting in the creation of a unique, impressive body of work from Atlanta to Alaska.”
MOCA GA’s Director Annette Cone-Skelton “is especially excited about this exhibition as it offers the public the unique opportunity to view the many processes undertaken by a professional sculptor in the design and execution of diverse and monumental gateway structures that serve as architectural markers for community identity." She notes further that “the accompanying artist talk and panel discussion scheduled for the exhibit will offer insight into the artist’s creative process and the dynamic, ever-changing phenomena of public art.”
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant contemporary works by artists in the state of Georgia. To place its artists in a broader context, MOCA GA's exhibitions also include artists from around the world. MOCA GA's programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. MOCA GA is located at 75 Bennett Street in the TULA Art Center. Admission is free to members, $5 for non-members and $1 for students and U.S. military with ID. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, please call 404-367-8700, visit www.mocaga.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.