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"Progressive-Compulsive: Hybrid," an exhibit by John R.G. Roth, assistant professor of art at Old Dominion University, will open at The Gallery at Selden Arcade in downtown Norfolk with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

Roth will conduct a gallery talk at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. The reception, talk and exhibit, which continues through Nov. 27, are free and open to the public.

Roth is an accomplished object maker whose work often takes the form of a finely crafted furniture-and-sculpture hybrid. Many of his pieces include the use of dioramas, models and toys built into wood and Plexiglas display cases, tables and cabinets.

Roth was selected from a number of artists for the gallery's inaugural show "because of his fun, smart yet personal presentation of pertinent issues," said Karen Rudd, manager of Norfolk's Bureau of Cultural Affairs.

Making sculpture since the late 1980s, Roth has won numerous awards, including fellowships from the state of Wisconsin and the city of Madison. He has shown his work at major venues across the country and in London. Roth earned his master of fine arts degree, with a concentration in sculpture and painting, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The show is sponsored by the city of Norfolk's Bureau of Cultural Affairs. The gallery, part of a $6 million restoration of Selden Arcade, is located on the second floor near the Plume Street entrance.

This article was posted on: October 30, 2006

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