Beatrice M. Haggerty Art Gallery

Beatrice M. Haggerty Art Gallery


STRONGMAN: Rocky Horton and Thomas Sturgill

March 22, 2024 - Apr 25, 2024
Opening Reception: March 22, 2024, 5:30pm - 7:30 pm

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery proudly presents: STRONGMAN: Rocky Horton and Thomas Sturgill. This exhibition explores themes of Southern masculinity, humor, and mortality. Each artist has long created works circulating this topic. As natives of small southern towns, masculine identity championed sports, cars, and bravado. The works in this exhibit humorously play with this criteria and offer vulnerability as an antidote.

Horton’s work explores his mortality, identity, and place in history. Each work presented is a kind of self-portrait and thus a contemplation of silliness, seriousness, identity, and ultimately, demise. Sturgill’s work centers on hubris, collecting, success, and humor. The work is based on the simple feat of strength, each piece explores what it means to succeed…what it means to attain.