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Elisha Spradlin’s senior art exhibit to be presented at University of the Cumberlands


Elisha Spradlin, senior at University of the Cumberlands, stands beside one of his artworks in the J.M. Boswell Art Gallery.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands will present the opening reception for Elisha Spradlin’s senior art exhibit, “Chrysalisarcophagus,” from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at the J.M. Boswell Art Gallery of the Andersen Building on campus.

Chrysalisarcophagus comes from a hybridization of two words, which create a dichotomous relationship that symbolizes the work and the artist's path through his college experience and beyond. Both words represent chambers; one is a center of change, growth and renewal, while the other is a center where renewal is hoped for but never comes.

The exhibition encompasses work completed over the past four years ranging from several two-dimensional pieces through sculptural pieces in various mediums. A new series of pieces attempt to blur the lines between 2-D and 3-D formats by exploring paintings wrapped around a soft sculpture form.

The main body of the collection concerns the use of various faith-based concepts to express the artist's perception of identity, personal growth, and labels, both acquired and self-imposed.

“I think that my inclusion of the collection of self-portraits within this exhibit comes from my concept of identity and growth. It shows the progression through my college career in its entirety,” said Spradlin.

Spradlin, a native of Monticello, Ky., was the 2007 recipient of the Bella Bender Lipps Art Award. His work has been published in the “Pensworth: A Journal of Student Writing and Art” and has participated in the Student Art Exhibitions numerous times in the past four years.

The exhibit is open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 20 to May 2. Admission is free and open to the public.