Kentucky Artist Displays Charcoal Drawings at WWU

The large charcoal drawings of a Kentucky artist are on display through Feb. 2 in the Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts at William Woods University.

The artist, Randy R. 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.

Simmons 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.

He 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.

A gallery talk and reception will be held at the close of the exhibit on Feb. 2, with details to be announced later.

CUTLINE: A charcoal drawing called “Penumbra” is among those by Randy R. Simmons on display at William Woods University.