The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University (CBU) will feature “flame/flight/philosophy,” an exhibit by Shane Fero, beginning March 26 through April 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
An internationally renowned glass artist, Fero will share his innovative flameworked birds and totemic spirits in this exhibition. Fero creates these figurative forms by manipulating glass rods with a flame torch, alternately adding to and coiling the molten glass in sequential steps until the desired form takes shape. He accomplishes swirling patterns and mysterious movement of color in his work, frequently using colored glass in various forms of shards, powders, cane or even stained glass.? His blown pieces are achieved by the controlled forcing of air into clear glass tubes while molten, with the colors added in an overlay technique. The inventiveness of these works reveals his interest in anthropology, philosophy, mythology and psychology. “I choose to integrate humor and other thought-provoking devices in these images,” Fero noted. “My work could be described as colorful, serious, fun!”
A Chicago native, Fero has exhibited across the country at such varying institutions as the Corning Museum of Glass, Southern Ohio Museum, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Hunter Museum of American Art, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, and Georgia Museum of Art. In addition, he has lectured on flameworking at Pilchuck Glass School, the University of Michigan and Penland School of Crafts. Fero’s artwork is included in the Beverly and Sam Ross Collection of Contemporary Studio Glass at CBU, as well as the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design, New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of American Glass.
Hours at the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00-11:00 p.m. Hours may vary due to University schedules. Call (901) 321-3243 to verify, or visit the website at www.cbu.edu/library/gallery. ###