Exhibit by Visiting Artist Ryan Akers On Display

Monday, March 21, 2022
“Split Infinitive,” Ryan Akers, 9x15, mixed media, 2021

The Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery will host “Split Infinitive,” an exhibit by visiting artist Ryan Akers, through Wednesday, April 27. A reception for the community is scheduled for Friday, April 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET. Guests must be masked and comply with Mercersburg’s visitor policy.

A native of Austin, TX, Akers is an artist based in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he teaches drawing at the University of Alabama. His studio practice employs a variety of formal elements and materials to create uncanny objects that straddle the lines between drawing, painting, and sculpture. Akers received a bachelor of arts from Alabama in 2020 and is currently working on a master of fine arts there.

“My work presents an array of objects in arrangements that provide space for examining the tangible and heightening concrete experience,” says Akers. “We live lives seemingly split between worlds—analog and digital, work and home, wake and sleep. To reflect the tension caused by this dislocation, I create objects that appear at once novel and familiar using material, shape, scale, color, and installation.”

While Akers is on campus, he will meet with Painting 1 and 2, Drawing 1, and Advanced Studies: Studio Art classes to share his artistic journey and craft with the students.

“This body of work being shared by Ryan Akers is dramatically different from any artist we’ve hosted in the past,” says Sydney Caretti P ’24, arts faculty and director of galleries. “There are pieces that deliberately engage the viewer by coming off the flat wall and onto the gallery floor, activating physical space, so you are forced to be conscious in how you as the viewer will respond and react to it. The artwork provides a visual, aesthetic harmony accompanied by visceral pull that brings out an emotional response and personal, individual, intellectual relevance. Ryan’s art surely supplies inspiration and connection for all who view it.”  

Upcoming events at the Burgin Center for the Arts include Matilda: The Musical Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; the Spring Pops Concert Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.; and the Spring Music Concert Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. More details about upcoming arts programming can be found on the school’s events calendar.

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen (owenl@mercersburg.edu) in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.