Twin artists present workshop, lecture on campus

phelps brothersTwin brothers Kelly Eugene Phelps, associate professor and chair of Art at Xavier University, and Kyle Edward Phelps, associate professor of Art at the University of Dayton, work on a sculpture during a workshop in the ceramic lab in Bliss Hall last week. The Phelps were on campus to present a joint lecture on their work in the McDonough Museum of Art, followed by a reception inĀ  the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in Bliss Hall. The visit was part of YSU’s celebration of African American History Month. The Phelps’ artwork encompasses the creation of traditional ceramic and sculpture, along with media art. Their research interest includes socio-political representation through the use of visual narratives and the human figure as image and ideal; other topics include race, class, and material meaning and process. Both earned their bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Ball State University in 1996 and master of Fine Arts degrees in Ceramics from the University of Kentucky.