January 18 – March 30
Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg
The Moss Arts Center will present a special exhibition of work from prominent Virginia artist Ray Kass in all of its galleries from Thursday, Jan. 18 through Sat., March 30, 2018. The exhibition will open with a special reception on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5-7 p.m in the Grand Lobby of the Moss Arts Center, located at 190 Alumni Mall in Blacksburg. The reception is free and open to the public.
Kass has a long record of national and international exhibitions and is well known not only for the quality and breadth of his art but as a pivotal, even catalytic, figure in this region. Over the years Kass stood out as an exemplary artist, here and in the art world beyond, as well as a distinguished art professor at Virginia Tech. Among his many accomplishments was establishing and directing the Mountain Lake Symposium and Workshop programs, through which he brought art-world luminaries to this region—Clement Greenberg, Donald B. Kuspit, and John Cage, among others—and subsequently influenced generations of artists in Virginia and the southeast.
The Moss Arts Center’s exhibition highlights exemplary work from Kass’ prolific career, ranging from his large-scale, multi-panel “Polyptych” (1961-2003) paintings to his most recent “Still Lifes” (2015-2018), created with stencils in an inventive layering of water media, oil emulsion, and dry pigment on rag paper. Among the key works in the exhibition is the monumental painting “Broad Channel: Vorticella Polyptych,” 1991 from the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, which will be seen in Virginia for the first time in 30 years.