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Ron Leax. Photo by Joe Angeles.

Ontology of Influence: Ron Leax and Alumni Exhibition

October 7, 2016 - November 12, 2016
Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

In honor and celebration of his remarkable thirty-year tenure as a professor of art at Washington University, the Des Lee Gallery presents Ontology of Influence: Ron Leax and Alumni Exhibition, featuring artwork by Leax and thirty-seven alumni with whom he has worked closely. The exhibition, curated by Arny Nadler, associate professor and chair of undergraduate art, opens from 6-8p October 7, with remarks at 7p. The exhibition will be on view until November 12; gallery hours are 1-6p Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and by appointment.

Leax, the Halsey C. Ives Professor of Art, has been widely recognized as an influential artist, mentor, and professor. Among his many honors, he has received the College Art Association's Distinguished Teaching of Art Award and the Washington University Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award, as well as grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The work of the participating alumni represents exceptional accomplishments in a broad range of contemporary practices, including video, performance, sculpture, painting, and photography. All are active artists and makers.

Leax began teaching at Washington University in 1986. He retires this December.

The following alumni are featured in the exhibition: Liza Simmons Allen, Michael Alm, Michael Amter, Yu Araki, J.E. Baker, Jennifer Behr, Emily Church, Christina Cosio, Jill Downen, Steven Garen, Alan Griswold, Liz Guilmet, Cassie Hamrick, Anna Hegarty, Ann Hirsch, Takashi Horisaki, Violet Juno, Colin Keefe, Dwyer Kilcollin, Noah Kirby, Elana Mann, Alison McNulty, Ian Monroe, Lavar Munroe, Arny Nadler, Erik Peterson, Maya Portner, Stephanie Schlaifer, Katy Scoggin, Zak Smoker, Lindsey Stouffer, Amanda Thatch, Ling-Wen Tsai, B.J. Vogt, Ian Weaver, Alan Wiener, and Michael Williams.