The College of Southern Nevada, School of Arts & Letters, and Department of Fine Arts will host an exhibition of paintings by Apt, France based artist and Institute of American Universities (IAU) Art Professor-Coordinator, William Ruller. William Ruller: Mohawk will open on Friday, February 9, 2024, and run through Saturday, April 20, 2024, in the Fine Arts Gallery on the North Las Vegas Campus of the College of Southern Nevada. A special Virtual Artist Talk will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2024, starting at 6 p.m.

William Ruller is an artist and educator from Gloversville, New York. He joined IAU in September of 2023 as an Art Professor-Coordinator. Ruller earned his B.A. in painting and ceramics from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2007. Following his undergraduate degree, Ruller moved to Oregon where he worked as a production potter and ceramics instructor. In 2014 Ruller earned his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to teaching at IAU, Ruller taught at the College of Charleston, Savannah College of Art and Design and the Paris College of Art. Ruller has lectured and exhibited throughout the Europe and the United States in group and solo exhibitions. His paintings have been featured in publications such as, Friend of the Artist vol. 12, Whitewall Magazine, New American Paintings Issues 111, 124 and Studio Visit Magazine Issues 20, 21, 23. His work is featured in private collections such as Hyatt Hotel Corporation, Savannah College of Art and Design and Museo Riso. Ruller currently lives and works in Apt, France.

Ruller states, “Since 2012 my work has focus on using my hometown of Gloversville, NY as a visual metaphor for the issues that modernity has caused to the environment in contemporary times. The abandoned mills and tanneries of my youth and the dilapidated areas of metropolitan and rural sites, with its rust grey tones inform the visual and aesthetic language present in my work. These residual sites serve as the foundation for the work, which allows for a reinterpretation of the space into abstracted images. Allowing the viewer to place themselves within a nondeified place that seeks to find answers to the questions of entropy and the aftermath of human’s incursions within a space.”

The CSN Fine Arts Gallery is free, family friendly, and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Fine Arts Gallery is located adjacent to the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre Lobby on the North Las Vegas campus located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, one-mile East of I-15 North.

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