Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
A Vocational Approach to Fine Arts:
Thomas More College Apprenticeship Program in Studio Arts
Inspired by the historical guild system of the master artist and his/her apprentices, a professional Artist will collaborate with several Thomas More art students to create a new body of work. Taking the lead in both concept and form, the Artist will embark upon a journey with apprentices (Thomas More students) that demonstrate his/her approach to creating a consistent body of work that is fully developed and gallery-ready. The Artist and apprentices will be awarded a show in the Eva G. Farris Thomas More Art Gallery.
Learning Outside of the Classroom
By showing students real-world experiences of creative pursuits, this vocational experience will inspire students to continue their personal and intellectual development throughout their lives. This unique studio arts experience will help provide the student with a hands-on, practical opportunity to learn about possible applications of their art degree from Thomas More College. By fostering an opportunity for Thomas More students to work with professionals in their field, this program will aid in strengthening Thomas More's engagement with the broader
Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky community.
On June 21, 2007, Thomas More College unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the "Eva G. Farris Art Gallery." Over 150 friends attended the celebration, which was a surprise to the honoree as part of the annual Thomas More College Foundation Event. After the unveiling, friends dined in the Thomas More Library and had an opportunity to tour the Gallery where a student exhibit was on display.
"For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals," said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, President of Thomas More College. "She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community."
A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson '07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.