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TROY alumnus Larry Strickland’s exhibit will open with a reception at the IAC on Thursday

An exhibition featuring the work of University of Troy alumnus Larry Strickland will open at the International Center for the Arts on the Troy campus on Thursday, May 5 with a free artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m.

The reception will provide guests with the opportunity to meet Strickland and learn more about his work.

The exhibition, “People in Time and Places”, is a collection of watercolours, acrylics and oil paintings which will be on display until August 28 in the center’s Foyer Gallery. The exhibit is a representation of the people and places that were instrumental in the various periods of Strickland’s life and features many of his friends and family members.

“We are delighted to have Larry back in our Foyer gallery. We enjoyed exhibiting his fascinating wood carvings in late 2019, early 2020 and now we can once again enjoy his creative talents through the canvas,” said IAC Director Carrie Jaxon.

The exhibit features friends, family members and places that have had an impact on different periods of Strickland’s life.

Strickland was born in Florala in 1948. He attended Troy State University after high school and was drafted into the military as an illustrator during the Vietnam War. After the war, Strickland chose to pursue his career in art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where he graduated at the top of his class. He then returned to Troy State to graduate in 1984.

Strickland has shown extensively across the United States in solo and group exhibitions. His works have been acquired by a long list of patrons and private collectors around the world. His work was accepted for the American Watercolor Society exhibition in New York and has been accepted at various exhibitions down south.

“Everyone on campus knows of Larry’s work, as he is the creator of our Trojan Warrior that adorns the University Quadrangle and serves as the face of Troy University,” Jaxon said.

Strickland completed the 9-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the Trojan Warrior in 2004, giving Trojans a place to enjoy the magnificent quad bike that sits in front of John R. Lewis Hall. He also generously donated two other wooden sculptures, “The Trojan Horse”, which is located in the Long Hall, and “Equestrian”, a larger-than-life horse, both made of foundheart pine.

The IAC is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. .edu/iac.