Opening Exhibition

  • August 30 - November 5, 2021 

    Reception - Thursday, September 16 - 6:30 - 8:30 

    The Fall opening show at the Shot Tower Gallery at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center features the 3 series created by Fort Hayes’ alumni parent/artist Larry Winston Collins, professor emeritus Miami University, CCAD from August 30 - November 5 including “They That Matter” and “Captured Moments” and All For the Cause, a selection of Collins’ Civil Rights works from the Frank Hale Black Cultural Center Collection.  In addition, murals from the Greater Columbus Art Council’s  “Art Unites Cbus,” selected by faculty and gallery interns, are on display in the Tower and on the grounds of Fort Hayes.  

    Thank you to the faculty, Dr. Ruffin, Coutney Johnson and Mark Shank and his team for making this happen.

    The gallery interns are currently training for class tours that will be available Starting September 13. The gallery will have two “makerspaces” for students to be able to reflect and respond with writing and art and the student gallery will display work from these responses and the related artwork that art students created last year and this year. If you would like to have a tour or have your or your students related work that you would like to display, please contact

    “They That Matter” is a series of 33 mixed media portraits that Collins created over a seven-year period as he experienced the events in the United States concerning the shooting of black men and women by police. Moved by a TIME magazine cover from April 20, 2015, he felt that these stories of these African American men and women needed to be told and that people should honestly take notice of these victims and what these events have to say about our society. Collins reflected back to an exhibition of his work that he created in the mid-1990’s, “All For The Cause” (now in the Frank Hale Center Collection at the Ohio State University) where he created 33 portraits of individuals who died during the civil rights movement. Many of those killed were never vindicated, and Collins realized that “the stories of the slain civil rights workers had many characteristics similar to the stories of victims who have experienced police violence.” In They That Matter, Collins re-creates individual shrines, just as he did in All For The Cause, illuminating each person who has lost their life; to show the humanity of the victims and that their lives mattered.      

    His second series that will be shown is “Captured Moments'' a series of photographs that he created over a period of forty years of people, places, and things, during his travels throughout the US, Africa, and Europe. Most of these photos were taken for reference for his drawings and paintings but Collins found that his passion for photography emerged as he began to value the aesthetics of the medium.

    Larry Winston Collins is an Associate Professor Emeritus from Miami University (retired in 2021) and The Columbus College of Design. He received his B.F.A. degree from Columbus College of Art, and Design, in Columbus, Ohio, and his M.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.  Collins exhibits widely nationally and internationally. Collins artworks range from drawings, printmaking, mixed media paintings and photography. Larry is one of the original members of Art For Community Expression which was founded in 1979 by Kojo Kamau to assist African American artists develop and show their work in (one of the first galleries in the Short North) and to raise funds for artists trips to Africa. 

    The Shot Tower Gallery was founded in 1982 as part of the Ft. Hayes Visual Arts Building at the Ft. Hayes Metropolitan Education Campus. It is one of the longest running galleries in Central Ohio with a large and beautiful space that is a venue for large exhibitions that feature local and nationally significant artists. We proudly have designed exhibitions that celebrate cultural diversity, promote community connections and provide interdisciplinary connections and educational resources in the visual arts.

    Larry Virtual Show


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