“Running from Bogeys and Chasing Birdies” Art Show Opens February 1

“Running from Bogeys and Chasing Birdies” Art Show Opens February 1 at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive will host the photography exhibit, “Running from Bogeys and Chasing Birdies,” in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery from February 1-28. The show will display photographs by Jackie Kirby, associate coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, and by Chip Spiron, head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams.

The show was inspired by the Athletic Department’s determination to merge athletics, academics, and the arts throughout the University of Mount Olive. Kirby and Spiron, along with UMO Artist in Residence Larry Lean joined forces to produce a unique blend of artistic interests.

Spiron, a UMO sports management alumnus, explained, “I capture most of my photos during our golf team tournaments. The teams love for me to take photos of them during practice, so they can share them with friends and family. I haven’t really shared my photos before so this should be fun! I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reactions.”

Kirby is a graduate of Keystone College, where she earned a B.A. in visual arts with a concentration in photography and graphic design.

“I’m honored to have been considered for the exhibit. When Athletics Director Jeff Eisen asked if I was interested, I accepted without hesitation. Having the opportunity to combine arts and athletics sends a message to prospective and current student-athletes that yes, you can do both. It also showcases the ever expanding relationship and support between athletics and the academic departments at UMO. Chip Spiron is a very talented photographer, and having the chance to exhibit with him is a privilege.”

The show will consist of 14 photographs by each photographer including landscapes, wildlife, and a variety of local North Carolina scenery. The reception for the show will be held Tuesday, February 3, from 4-6 PM in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Gallery. For more information about the show, please contact Larry Lean at llean@umo.edu.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.