Past Meets Present in Upcoming Emory Visual Arts Department Exhibition "Tilden and the Theban Hero, Andrew Scott Ross"

September 16, 2013

ATLANTA ¿ Emory University¿s Visual Arts Department presents ¿Tilden and the Theban Hero, Andrew Scott Ross,¿ October 4 ¿ December 14, 2013.

The exhibition will be presented at the Visual Arts Gallery on Emory¿s campus and is free, no ticket required, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Visual Arts. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 4, 5:30 ¿ 8 p.m.

Artist Andrew Scott Ross will present new work, drawing inspiration directly from the permanent collection of Emory¿s Michael C. Carlos Museum, which holds the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast. Ross explores the manner in which the museum setting reimagines and reconstructs the past by creating his own visual gateway to the ancient world through paper-dioramas, drawings and sculpture. 

The exhibition takes its name from an artifact in the Carlos Museum¿s collection, a Greek calyx-krater depicting the Greek goddess Artemis turning the Theban hero Aktaion into a stag¿¿Tilden and the Theban Hero¿ combines threads of Greek mythology with the artist¿s own familial history to form more intimate relationships with both. These constructions are a part of a personalized encyclopedic museum Ross continues to develop as part of his interest in history museums serving as vehicles for storytelling.

On Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., Ross will discuss the exhibition in an artist¿s talk to be held in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall. This event is free, no ticket required. 

Born in Manhasset, New York, Ross holds a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ross has been selected for the Art In The Outback Fellowship Travel Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a CEC ArtsLink Award. His work has been exhibited at institutions both in the U.S. and abroad including: The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

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