Ron Fondaw’s ‘Shaky Ground’ Explores Memory, Time


Fondaw_Bump to BlackCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 22, 2016 – Artist Ron Fondaw will display his passion for creating art about memory and time through mixed media during an exhibition of his work entitled “Shaky Ground” March 7-22 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Art Gallery.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. March 4 in the Art Gallery.

A Juror Lecture is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 23 in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center.

Fondaw is a professional artist and professor of sculpture at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Each year a faculty member from the Department of Art is asked to invite a professional artist to juror our annual student show.  Professor Chris Wubbena invited this year’s juror, Ron Fondaw,” said Justin Miller, Gallery coordinator. “Fondaw works in a variety of mediums including drawing, ceramics, digital, mixed media, and public sculpture.”

The juror’s lecture is typically a time in which the juror will talk briefly about his or her approach to jurying the student show and then give a presentation of their own professional artwork and artistic endeavors.

Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Fondaw earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  He works with a variety of materials, but it is drawing that continues to play an important part in Fondaw’s sculpture from the large-scale adobe works to the drawings in cast metal. Fondaw taught at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before coming to Washington University in St. Louis where he is currently a professor of sculpture. Fondaw has worked and lectured in Japan and Denmark as well as numerous sites around the United States.  He received a Guggenheim Award for sculpture, a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a Pollock/Krasner Award.  His artwork can be seen in several major collections around the world, including The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building in Room 106.

River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Justin Miller at or (573) 651-2865.