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September 5, 2023

Exhibition by Michael Grogan on display in Regnier Hall

Submitted by Thom Jackson

Exhibit poster

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, announces the opening of a captivating exhibition, "Episodic Interpretations of Architecture: Italy+ in 600+ Sketches," featuring the work of Michael Grogan, associate professor from the architecture department. The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Friday, Sept. 29, in the Cassias Gallery at Regnier Hall. 

The exhibition is a visual journey through architecture and culture, capturing the essence of European cities, primarily Italy, through a collection of more than 600 sketches.

Grogan, a distinguished figure in the world of architecture and an accomplished artist, presents a unique perspective on his travels and encounters with architectural marvels. The exhibition showcases a series of meticulously crafted sketches, each telling a story of a moment frozen in time. Visitors to the Cassias Gallery will be transported to the vibrant streets of Italy and other European cities through Grogan's artistic lens.

The sketches, primarily rendered in small Moleskine books, offer an intimate glimpse into Grogan's artistic process and his keen observations of the built environment. The exhibition also features the very Moleskine books used for these sketches, providing an insight into the artist's creative journey. From iconic landmarks to hidden alleyways, each sketch encapsulates the essence of a place, allowing viewers to experience the beauty of architecture from a fresh perspective.

"I believe that sketching is a way of truly engaging with the surroundings," Grogan said. "It's about capturing the spirit of a place rather than just its physical attributes. Through these sketches, I hope to share my experiences and interpretations of the rich architectural heritage that Italy and other European cities offer."

APDesign invites art enthusiasts, architecture aficionados and the public to explore the exhibition. The showcase not only celebrates the synergy between art and architecture but also offers a profound reflection on the intersection of culture, history and human expression.