Mid-South Sculpture Alliance closing reception and lecture
"Professionalism of Being a Studio Artist" with Ayokunle Odeleye  

Thursday, June 22, 6:00 PM Until 8:00PM

This presentation will cover the anatomy of behaviors needed to become a professional studio artist. 

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Ayokunle Odeleye has been working as a professional sculptor and arts educator for the past thirty eight years. He received a Bachelors Degree in Art Education from Howard University in 1973 and a Masters Degree in sculpture from Howard University in 1975. He has taught art at Dunbar High School, The Duke Ellington School for the Arts and Howard University in Washington D.C., and at Woodland Middle School, Spelman College and Georgia State University in Atlanta. Currently he is a senior Professor of Art at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia where he has been teaching for the past twenty four years. He is the owner, primary designer and fabricator of Odeleye Sculpture Studios in Stone Mountain Georgia. This studio specializes in the creation of large scale sculptures for public spaces in a variety of media. He has created sculptures for cities across the United States from Atlanta to Alaska, many of which have historic significance. The studio also creates finely crafted works of sculpture in a variety of hardwoods and mixed media. In 2012 Ayokunle created a stainless steel and bronze sculpture for the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, to be placed at the intersection of Cascade Rd. and Benjamin Mays Blvd. The sculpture which also functions as a working sundial and light fixture includes elements designed to honor significant individuals from the Cascade Road community who’s scholarship and creativity has impacted Atlanta and beyond. In November of 2012 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta honored Ayokunle with a Retrospective Exhibition of drawings, photographs and models of his work highlighting thirty two years of excellence in the field of Public Art. In 2013 Ayokunle created a monumental bronze bust of Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois for the campus of Clarke Atlanta University. Also in 2013 he created a bronze sculpture for St.Georges Episcopal Church of Fredericksburg, Virginia to celebrate the 150 year commemoration of The Emancipation Proclamation. The sculpture is located in the courtyard of The Fredericksburg Museum and Cultural Center on William street.



Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Member Show  

Opening Reception: MAY 5TH - 5:30 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM

Exhibit: MAY 5- JUNE 24

The Association for Visual Arts (AVA) and the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) are partnering to present a juried exhibition of work by MSA members. This exhibit seeks to foster MSA’s mission to advance the creation and awareness of sculpture in its many and varied forms and promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors.

Where: AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Avenue

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.