A showcase of work by Rex Lagerstrom
November 3-December 15, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Rex Lagerstrom received a bachelor’s in art and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Bellarmine University. He is also a graduate from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Originally from Connecticut, he has worked for the last 25 years as an internist and an artist in Louisville, Kentucky. Since 1996, he has exhibited regionally, including at Bellarmine University, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and at Zephyr Gallery for which he was a member. In addition to his studies in painting and printmaking, he completed a two-year apprenticeship with Fenestra Studios in Stained Glass in 1980, and he has designed over 250 windows, doorways and church windows in the Louisville area over the last 30 years. He collaborates with Peter Eichhorn on major glass projects. Eichhorn intructed Lagerstrom in stained glass. Lagerstrom likes to spend time outdoors, especially with his four children.
I do not believe in being defined by our roles or job descriptions. I love creating, whether it be in the medical world or in the world of creative arts. My work is about transition, transformation and ultimately triumph, which is the course I see each of us following in our lives. I work primarily with encaustics and wood cuts. My imagery is heavily influenced by Hindu, Buddhist and early Catholic symbolism. I choose forms that convey my love of nature as it transforms itself into the world of spirit. The majority of the wood cuts in the show have been made using scraps of wood from a furniture studio next to mine, Daniel Chaffin Furniture, giving the work a “recycled” component. The encaustics are on either birch wood panels or odd scraps of unfinished wood from the furniture makers. During my apprenticeship in stained glass and design at Fenestra Studios, I gained a deep love for the single, strong line balanced by the intense color of the surrounding glass.
The Huff Gallery is committed to offering a rich and diverse cultural experience with works of art in all media within an environment that values creativity, individuality, innovation and education. While the primary audiences served include the University’s students, faculty and staff, the Huff Gallery is open to the public, and seeks to create a direct connection with the local community whose participation in its programs is encouraged. The gallery serves the humanities and social sciences curricula through the presentation of cultural works of art. In addition, the gallery serves students enrolled in practicum and work-study the opportunity to enhance their organization, aesthetic and community relations abilities through participating in the installation and promotion of exhibits.
The Huff Gallery presents approximately six exhibits annually by local and regional artists. A variety of media and styles are presented through one-person and group shows. Student exhibitions are held at the end of each year. The Huff Gallery is located in the Spalding University Library and is wheel chair accessible. It is open for public viewing during Library hours.
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The Huff Gallery at Spalding University
853 Library Lane, Louisville, KY 40203
Midway between 3rd and 4th Streets, and between Breckinridge and York Streets.
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
For more information contact the Gallery Director Joyce Ogden
Phone: (502) 873 – 4436
For up to date hours of operation please visit www.spalding.edu/library