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Ferrum College Artist and Faculty Member Matt LaRose Making Impact as Both Artist and Educator

2/5/2012

Ferrum College Artist and Faculty Member Matt LaRose Making Impact as Both Artist and Educator

In addition to judging the “Best in Show” Fundraiser at the Taubman Museum of Art, LaRose’s own exhibit of recent paintings, “Appalachian Spaces,” is on display at Ferrum College. 

Ferrum, Va. (Feb. 6, 2012) – “Exhibiting my own work and participating in the greater artistic community is part of fulfilling my roles as an artist and an educator,” Ferrum College associate art professor Matt LaRose said recently of his current gallery exhibit, “Appalachian Spaces,” and his work judging the Roanoke Valley SPCA’s fundraiser “Best in Show”, which was held Fri., Feb. 3, at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.

For the “Best in Show” exhibit, LaRose judged more than 200 pieces of pet-themed artwork and chose the Best in Show winner as well winners for Most Humorous, Most Original, Best Entry (for different age groups) and several other categories.

“I was impressed with the enthusiasm of each artist shown in their creations including paintings, mixed-media, collage and drawing,” said LaRose. “The honesty and sincerity displayed by the younger artists and the depth and range from the more professional class made my task that much more enjoyable.”

LaRose, who earned his Masters of Fine Art from Yale University and joined the Ferrum College faculty in 2008, said being asked to review work is a sign of recognition and respect toward his professionalism as a painter. His own exhibit of recent paintings, “Appalachian Spaces,” is currently on display at Ferrum College.

For the “Appalachian Spaces” exhibit, LaRose looked to the environment within the Appalachian region for inspiration and began a series of naturalistic depictions of tree roots. “The variations are endless and this motif has granted infinite freedom in the touch of the brush,” said LaRose. “This series of paintings has awarded me with the substance, the metaphoric content, while reinvigorating my engagement with the painting process.”

LaRose’s “Appalachian Spaces” paintings may be viewed at the E. Taylor Greer Gallery in Ferrum College’s Stanley Library through Feb. 14. 

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