Opening September 2, 2017, Fred Eversley: Black, White, Gray and Transparent Color will feature a survey of the artist’s work representing an extraordinary fifty-year career. Eversley, trained as an engineer, began making his polyester resin sculptures with an aim to “create kinetic art without using kinetic elements such as mechanical movement or artificial light changes.” Eversley’s strong interest in energy has led to further creations that utilize wind current to create dynamic acrylic cast forms. This retrospective exhibition featuring the works of Fred Eversley, an important African American sculptor and innovator, will coincide with the College’s fiftieth anniversary of the first residential African American students. Interestingly, as the artist has pointed out to us, the dates of desegregation at the College of William & Mary in September 1967 is the exact month and year that he embarked on his exceptional career as an artist.
William & Mary will soon celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first African American students in residence — Lynn Briley, Janet Brown and Karen Ely (class of 1971) — with a year-long series of special events, guest speakers and performances, beginning with Convocation weekend in August 2017, and continuing through Commencement in May 2018. To commemorate this milestone, the Muscarelle Museum of Art will present a selection of African American art from the permanent collection opening September 2, 2017.
Stay tuned for further details about the Muscarelle exhibition. Keep up-to-date with upcoming events here.