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Retrospective exhibition by Robert Knott to open at Hanes Gallery


February 11, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery will feature the works of Robert Knott, artist and long-time professor of art at Wake Forest, at its next exhibition Feb. 22 through March 23.

The exhibit, titled “Robert Knott: Retrospective Exhibition, 1983-2008,” will include sculpture, drawings and photographs that cover 25 years of Knott’s career with an emphasis on some of his more recent work. 

An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 29 in the lobby of the Hanes Gallery.  At 7 p.m., Knott will give a lecture in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.  The exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. 

Much of Knott’s sculptural work is primarily done in wood and is based on the dying fishing industry in coastal Maine, where he has owned a house for more than 35 years.  His piece “Nereids” offers a contemporary representation of the patrons of sailors and fisherman who came to the aid of men in distress in Greek mythology.

Other works, like “Conflict Resolution,” have a more contemporary political focus.       

Knott’s photographs and drawings are the result of his spending extended periods of time in Venice.  “Purple Sweats” is a recent photograph taken while he was wandering through side streets in Venice.  “In the colorful laundry that one finds hanging everywhere away from the main tourist thoroughfares, I was attracted to juxtapositions of the colorful spontaneity of these lines of wash against the underlying details of historic Venice,” said Knott.  “As I visited some of the same locations over and over again I realized that the constantly changing laundry itself provided a visual imagery as rich and varied as the architecture from which it was hung.”

Knott has taught contemporary art at Wake Forest since 1975.   He received his undergraduate degree in studio art from Stanford University, a master’s in art history from the University of Illinois and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.  Before coming to Wake Forest he taught at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information, call (336) 758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


"Purple Sweats" by Robert Knott
"Purple Sweats" by Robert Knott
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 "Nereids" by Robert Knott
"Nereids" by Robert Knott
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