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June 22-Aug. 8: Michael Tillyer Sculpture and Drawings

Michael TillyerAn exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Michael Tillyer will show in Hampshire College's main gallery from June 22 to August 8.

For 40 years Mike Tillyer has brought new things into the world, with exhibitions in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. This show covers the 2,400-square-foot area in Hampshire's main gallery with ten years of figurative artwork, some life-sized, some table sculpture, some borrowed from collections, and more new work.

Tillyer's work is often described as "whimsical and folksy," but he prefers it to be seen as "rough, immediate, and down-to-earth." Important to his design execution is economy. For example, his figures often have hands but no arms: "figures need not arms to gesture, arms simply support hands, which are the source of the message—arms get in the way," he says.

Equally important to his design is conceptual variation. His figures often do not have heads, but the space for them is substituted with pails, pots, tools, or brooms. "We are what we do," he explains.

Admission is free. Summer gallery hours are: Mondays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. (Please note that open Sundays are July 13, 20, 27, and August 3 only.)

Directions: Four miles south of Amherst Center on Route 116; entrance is on the right. If entering campus from Bay Road, the entrance is on the left. Signs will direct visitors to the rear parking area of the Johnson Library Center.

PLEASE NOTE: Roadwork is underway on the Hampshire College main entrance off Route 116. Yellow and black road signs for the "TILLYER EXHIBIT" will guide visitors to the best parking and access to the gallery complex.

For further information, contact Carolyn Arnold at 413.559.5544 or

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