The Lexington Art League will display the works of Stodghill Professor of Art Sheldon Tapley, chair of Centre College’s Art History and Studio Art programs, during an exhibit at the Loudoun House in Lexington, Ky. Celebrating the figure in art, the 16-piece installation of the nationally recognized artist’s paintings and drawings will be on display and open to the public through Feb. 5.
The opening night of the exhibition, Friday, Jan. 22, will feature an evening-long painting demonstration and figure study led by Tapley. Billed as one of the art league’s “Fourth Friday” events, the open house will offer audiences the opportunity to examine self-portraiture through participatory events and presentations. “Fourth-Friday: A Figure Study” is open to the general public from 6 to 9 p.m., with $5 admission at the door.
Tapley, whose paintings are held in museum, academic, corporate and private collections across the United States, has taught at Centre since 1983. From 2002 to 2005, he held the Paul L. Cantrell Professorship of Art and was later named the Stodghill Professor of Art (2005). In 2015, he received the College’s Kirk Award for excellence in teaching.
Among his many art credits, Tapley was honored with a 1998 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, and he was featured in the Kentucky Educational Television series “Looking at Painting” in 2001. The artist continues to exhibit widely and regularly speaks at art events and judges competitive exhibitions across the nation.
IF YOU GO
Lexington Art League’s Fourth Friday: A Figure Study
featuring a painting demonstration by Sheldon Tapley
Friday, Jan. 22, 6-9 p.m.
$5 general public admission
Exhibition of Tapley’s Works
Jan. 22-Feb. 5
by Amy Clark Wise
January 18, 2015
pictured above: Tapley’s Self-Portrait, charcoal on cream paper, 19×13 inches, 2010