'Jon Gnagy Was My Homeboy' exhibit opens at Ohio University Eastern campus

"My work has its roots in my growing up in the Ohio River rust belt. Mix that in with my Catholic upbringing, Saturday morning television, family, friends, and relationships" said Robert Villamagna, the artist whose assemblage and collage pieces will be on display starting Feb. 9 at Ohio University Eastern Campus' art gallery, as he describes his work.

The exhibit titled "Jon Gnagy Was My Homeboy" will run through Thursday, March 5. The gallery is open 12-6pm, Monday - Thursday. A reception honoring the artist will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m.

Artist Robert Villamagna works in assemblage, collage, and mixed-media. "I juxtapose unrelated objects and materials into what I hope are thought provoking, mysterious, and sometimes humorous compositions," said Villamagna. "I love working with found materials, especially those items that show use, wear, rust. Stuff with character."

His work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Penn State's Robeson Gallery, Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, Erie Museum of Art, Huntington Museum of Art, and the West Virginia Cultural Center. Villamagna won Best of Show at the Central PA Festival of the Arts, Columbus Arts Festival, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh. Two of his works are in the West Virginia Permanent Collection. His work is also shown at the Gallery on 43rd Street in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.

For more information about the artist or art gallery at Ohio University Eastern Campus, please call 740-695-1720.