Artist to Present Gallery Talk at WWU

A gallery talk and reception will be held Friday (Feb. 2) at William Woods University in conjunction with the current exhibit of large charcoal drawings by a Kentucky artist, Randy R. Simmons.

Both Simmons and his wife will be on hand to discuss the work and their themes. The gallery talk will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 112 of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. The event is open to the community.

Simmons says his drawings are created realistically from photographs and many deal with his children. Another theme, which he says is inspired by his county prosecutor wife, is domestic violence, specifically against women. Other works are drawings about his relationships and the loss of significant others through breakups or divorce.

He was born and raised in rural west Kentucky. He is a graduate of Murray State University, where he earned both a BFA in painting and an MA in drawing. He also received an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati. He spent two summers at King’s College in London, England, taking art classes and touring England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Simmons now works out of a studio in Paducah, Ky., and is an instructor at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College teaching drawing, painting, digital photography, basic design and introduction to art classes.

The Cox Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.