The University of St. Thomas Art Exhibitions Committee will present two exhibits of works by award-winning Twin Cities artist Eugene Larkin from Oct. 1 through Dec. 1.

Larkin, whose works have been collected and shown by numerous galleries, museums and individuals throughout the United States, is influential both as an artist and as a teacher. He was chairman of the Division of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a design professor at the University of Minnesota. His work is represented in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the Chicago Art Institute as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and others. St. Thomas also has Larkin works in its permanent collection.

The university will display Larkin’s 21-work series of paintings and collages, “The Erewhon Series” in the second-floor Art Space of its downtown Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave. Exhibit hours are 7 a.m. -11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The series is based on the topsy-turvy world of Erewhon, an 1872 novel by English author Samuel Butler (1835-1902). Written in the tradition of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, the novel describes an imaginary visit to the land of Erewhon (an anagram of “nowhere”), where machines have been banned for fear that they will enslave the citizens, and universities teach courses on how to say nothing at great length.

The university also will display 19 works that comprise Larkin’s “The Blake Series: When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears and Watered Heaven With Their Tears.” The exhibit, in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center of the St. Thomas campus in St. Paul, will be open 8 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday.

This series of woodcuts is based on the works of English poet William Blake (1757-1827); the series’ subtitle comes from Blake’s famous poem, “The Tyger,” from his 1794 collection, The Songs of Experience.

The artist will speak at the exhibit’s opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. The reception and the exhibits are free and open to the public.

For further information, please call the St. Thomas Art History Department, (651) 962-5560.

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