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Art exhibit with WMU ties on display at Richmond Center

by Tonya Durlach

May 10, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dick Keaveny's painting The Wayfarer: Prodigal Son.
Keaveny's "The Wayfarer (Prodigal Son)"
KALAMAZOO--An art exhibition with two Western Michigan University ties is on display at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts through Friday, June 24.

"Artists as Fools" is open to the public free of charge during the Richmond Center's summer gallery hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On display in the Monroe-Brown Gallery, "Artists as Fools" features paintings completed in WMU studio spaces throughout the last two decades by Dick Keaveny. Keaveny, professor emeritus of art, considers this his retirement exhibit and, as such, wanted to acknowledge the former art students he worked with in the classroom and studio. He did this by including the work of WMU alumnus Rick Mallette, who served as both his teaching and studio assistant.

Although different in style, the two artists share similar outlooks. Keaveny's paintings are abstract and expand on ideas of caricature and satire. Frequented by eccentric, gullible and anatomically deviant characters, Mallette's paintings seek to illustrate and continue to celebrate human folly.

Also on display at the Richmond Center is "Bernard Palchick: Recent Paintings." It can be seen in the Netzorg-Kerr Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through June 24.

For more information, contact the Frostic School of Art Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455. Parking is available in the Miller Parking Ramp, adjacent to the Richmond Center.