Gallery Reception: "Outside the Lines"

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Artwork included in the exhibit "Outside the Lines"
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location:  The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts

SPECIAL EVENT: First Friday Reception, February 3, 5–7 p.m. The artist, Robert Joy will be present at the reception to discuss his work. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Exhibit: “Outside the Lines” Art Exhibit

Artist: Robert Joy

WHERE: The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts, Kansas Wesleyan University – 100 E. Claflin Ave., Salina, KS

Exhibit Dates: January 9–February 15, 2017

GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends by appointment

MORE INFORMATION – Contact Peggy Medina, Gallery Director at Or call 785-833-4383

The Gallery at Kansas Wesleyan University will be featuring an exhibit by Ellinwood artist, Robert Joy. Well-known throughout the Great Bend area, Joy is famous for his unconventional painting style. His paintings incorporate a variety of characters and forms of nature, while addressing a variety of social and spiritual issues. The vivid, intricate drawings of a fantastical nature come out of Joy’s obsession to create. As a child, because of a learning disability he struggled to fit in and art became his escape and passion. After years of frustration, trying to conform to traditional art forms, he says, “One day, I decided that I was going to put out what I put out and not worry about what other people do, and I wasn’t going to compete with them. Now it’s working.”

After serving in Vietnam, Joy earned a Master’s Degree in Art from Fort Hays University. He taught art in the Junior High level in USD 428 for nine years. Now, he can be found indulging his obsession with drawing while greeting visitors in his studio at Petr’s Frame House in Great Bend.