Art exhibit reflects sculptor’s humorous look at celebrities like Jackson, Warhol

August 21, 2014

ballard artSculptor Larry Ballard has a slightly skewed view of popular culture. His humorous observations of society will be on display for four weeks at Benedictine University.

"Coolness!" a collection of sculptures by Ballard, will be exhibited at The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall from Monday, August 25 through Saturday, September 27.

A special reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the gallery.

Ballard's tongue-in-cheek look at popular culture icons like Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson reflect his humorous observations of our society. These works are bright, colorful and have a savvy all their own.

Ballard was a longtime friend of Fr. Michael, who spent decades collecting more than 3,000 pieces of art before succumbing to pancreatic cancer on August 30, 2009, at the age of 77. Ballard's work is also included in the University's permanent collection.

The gallery's hours are from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment. For more information, contact Cathaleen Gaddis at (630) 829-6320 or visit www.ben.edu/artgallery.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the No, 1 fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit doctoral universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine as one of "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

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