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'Perceptions' painting exhibition at Ohio University Chillicothe

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 18, 2007) -- "Perceptions," an exhibition of paintings by Chicago artist Joey Dott, is currently being featured at Ohio University Chillicothe's Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery. 

The exhibition of eighteen paintings will be on display through Feb. 22. Dott is a former Ohio University student who studied painting at Ohio University Chillicothe in the mid-'80s.  After having lived and worked in the Los Angles area for ten years, the Chicago native recently returned to live and work in Chicago. 

Dott has developed a style of painting that he calls "Thematical Figurative Abstraction."  In this style of painting, each work represents an attempt to realize an inner truth derived from a source of higher inspiration. In his working process, each painting is developed in stages, with each respective stage having its own unique story.  This produces in each painting a rendition of human themes that many individuals can easily understand.

Many of these themes can be seen as universal in origin and can be traced back to his personal experiential knowledge of life, and his extensive research into the evolution of the human psyche.  Knowing that one's reality is shaped by what one perceives, Dott challenges his viewers with each painting's expressive content. 

Dott is also a member of the Screen Actors' Guild and has appeared in a number of TV programs and feature-length motion pictures.  He will be present at the closing reception of the exhibition on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this closing reception to meet and speak with the artist. 

The Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery is located in Bennett Hall on the campus of Ohio University Chillicothe. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.  The gallery is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact: Dennis Deane, 740-774-7249 or deane@ohio.edu

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