Jay Lamar, 334/844-4946


AUBURN -- The Auburn University Center for the Arts & Humanities will host "Happy Hour: A Tribute to Bob Hagerty," a special exhibit in memory of artist Robert Hagerty, beginning April 5 and running through May 2.

The exhibit will open on April 5 with a public reception at Pebble Hill from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

A former Auburn resident, Hagerty died in 2001 from complications from a brain tumor. His friends and colleagues have come together to create the tribute, which includes some of Hagerty's work as well as many pieces inspired by him.

Hagerty held a degree in fine arts from Auburn and a master's in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati. He taught design and drawing at Tuskegee University and later taught in the commercial art program at the University of Cincinnati.

Terry Rodriguez, one of the organizers of the exhibit, said Hagerty's paintings often featured dense textures and the subtle use of color. He was "very fond of architectural elements," she said. In the last years of his life, Hagerty worked extensively in drawing, especially figure studies.

Hagerty was also a beloved educator, receiving numerous teaching awards over his career. But the common denominator among the people who knew him was his "talent for friendship."

Among the works featured in the "BYOB" exhibit are ceramic pieces by Washington, D.C., artist Margaret Boozer; mixed media construction by Rodriguez; a portrait of the artist by Janice Ross; "Mirrored Afternoon, 2003," an oil by Natalyn Havenick Rose; and a performance piece by Lee Horvitz of Cincinnati. Other contributors include Charlie Rose, Conrad Ross, Gary Wagoner and Agnes Taugner. Hagerty's nephew Galen Hagerty will provide refreshments.

The exhibit can be viewed weekdays, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Pebble Hill, home of the AU Center for the Arts & Humanities, is located at 101 Debardeleben Street in Auburn. For specific directions to Pebble Hill or more information, call 334/844-4946.

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