E&H Currently Presenting Roth’s ‘Speculative Conveyance’ in the 1912 Gallery

  1912 Gallery

The 1912 Gallery at Emory & Henry College presents during September “Speculative Conveyance,” an exhibition of sculptures by John R. G. Roth.

The exhibit is opens Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 22. An Artalk related to the exhibition will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22 at the Board of Visitors Lounge in the Van Dyke Center. The event will be followed by a reception for the artist.

The gallery opens at 6:30.

John R. G. Roth was raised in the Chicago area. He received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, obtaining teaching certificates in art and industrial arts.

He taught art to elementary students in a four-room schoolhouse in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 1990, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with an MFA in painting and sculpture.

Roth has an active exhibition record, including shows in New York at Allan Stone Gallery, Veridian and Tria as well as prestigious venues in London, Chicago, Miami. Ottawa and Philadelphia. He has won numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Old Dominion University Summer Research Grant. Currently, he is an associate professor of sculpture at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

He has held positions as a maintenance mechanic in a chemical plant, foundry and a furniture factory. He has worked as a construction worker and on dairy farms. He was also employed nine years in a research lab fabricating models, prototypes and one-of-a-kind machines.

Curator of The 1912 Gallery, Anna Nenonen, says, “John Roth's masterfully crafted sculptures of absurd ship models mirror his interests in the hybridization of machine and biological forms, similar to descriptions he read in Jules Verne books as a young boy. Some of his sculptures have content that reflects back to events from his life, some have commentary on political issues, while other works are a pure exploration of the biological and the mechanical. “

Roth will also be on campus Sept. 22 to work with E&H students. The gallery be open from 6:30 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. on the night of the Artalk and again afterwards for a reception with the artist. Additionally, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., or by special appointment. For additional information, or to schedule a special showing, please contact Lindsey Kincaid, g8ldEjJGBy5eF=H/]#[T~VS!L0'Y_xIOz&!, or call 276-944-6866.