The Julian Akus Gallery at Eastern is presenting the juried exhibition, "Homegrown: Celebrating 30 Years of Artistic Community," from March 24 through May 5. An opening reception and awards ceremony took place on Thursday, April 7 in the gallery.
"Homegrown" celebrates the 30th anniversary of the gallery's opening and also commemorates its namesake, the late Julian Akus, who taught visual art at Eastern for nearly three decades until his passing in 1981.
The more than 70 works now on view in "Homegrown" were created by artists throughout the Northeast, and includes residents from Willimantic and neighboring towns such as Lebanon, Coventry and Ashford. Residents across the region were encouraged to enter their work. Students, faculty and staff from regional universities also submitted pieces for consideration.
Some of the work selected by the esteemed panel of jurors also is created by students from Eastern, the University of Connecticut and Manchester Community College, along with artists who are well-established and artists who are just starting promising careers.