An exhibit featuring the work of Troy University alumnus Larry Strickland will open at the International Arts Center on the Troy Campus on Thursday, May 5 with a free artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
The reception will offer guests the opportunity to meet Strickland and learn more about his work.
The exhibit, “People in Time and Places,” is a collection of watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings that will be on display until Aug. 28 in the center’s Foyer Gallery. The exhibit is a representation of the people and places that have played an impactful role during different periods of Strickland’s life and features many of his friends and family members.
“We are thrilled to have Larry back in our Foyer gallery. We enjoyed displaying his mesmerizing wood sculptures in late 2019, early 2020 and now we can enjoy his creative talents again through canvas,” said Carrie Jaxon, IAC Director.
Strickland was born in Florala in 1948. He attended Troy State University upon completion of high school and was drafted into the Army as an Illustrator during the Vietnam War. After the war, Strickland chose to further his career in art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., where he graduated at the top of his class. He later returned to Troy State to complete his degree in 1984.
Strickland has shown extensively throughout the United States in solo and group exhibitions. His works have been acquired by a long list of art patrons and private collectors throughout the world. His work has been accepted for the American Watercolor Society Exhibit in New York and has been accepted in various shows around the south.
“Everyone on campus knows Larry’s work, as he is the creator of our Trojan Warrior which graces the academic quad and serves as the face for Troy University,” Jaxon said.
Strickland completed the 9-foot-tall bronze Trojan Warrior sculpture in 2004, giving Trojans a place to enjoy the beautiful quad that sits in front of John R. Lewis Hall. He has also generously donated two other wooden sculptures, “The Trojan,” which is located in Long Hall, and “Equestrian,” a larger-than-life horse, both made of found heart pine.
The IAC is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For additional information about this or other exhibits, call 334-80-6412 or visit the website at www.troy.edu/iac.