Professors Greg Metzen and Tim Castle exhibit artwork in Marshalltown
Ellsworth Community College professor of art Greg Metzen and Marshalltown Community College professor of art Tim Castle will both be featured in the newest exhibit in Ray Frederick Gallery, room 306, on the Marshalltown Community College campus. The exhibit will be on display through noon Thursday, Sept. 19, featuring work that the two artists have compiled throughout their respective careers.
Metzen grew up in Columbia, MO, and received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
“My work in this exhibition consists of an ongoing exploration of space … what it is and how it can be defined,” explains Metzen. “In ceramics there are generally thought to be two focuses: the vessel and sculpture. My work combines these categorical definitions. It is vessel in basic structure, but does not hold traditional substances like foods. Instead these hold thoughts, spirits and experiences.”
Castle’s artwork consist of both paintings and assemblages. The paintings range from small to mid-size works and are from the last three years of working on the landscape theme. The paintings are inspired by the views of rural Marshall County for the most part. The works are not literal interpretations, but are abstract in nature with an emphasis on "mood."
Castle was born and raised in West Yorkshire, England. He received his undergraduate training in England, and then came to the United States in 1985, completing graduate studies at Indiana State University. Castle has been at Marshalltown Community College since 1999.
The Ray Frederick Gallery is open on weekdays from 9 am – 5 pm.
PHOTO CAPTION: Marshalltown Community College professor of art Tim Castle (left) and Ellsworth Community College professor of art Greg Metzen (right) will have their artwork displayed in the Ray Frederick Gallery from Aug. 28 through noon Sept. 19.