Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Local Native in Grammy Running; Wesley Art Exhibit Displayed

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Local Native in Grammy Running; Wesley Art Exhibit Displayed

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Look closely at the TV screen and you may spot a familiar face in the audience and on stage in tonight's Grammy Awards, televised from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Evansville native Philip Lawrence II, who sings, writes and produces music with Bruno Mars, will be back at the awards ceremony for the second year with multiple Grammy nominations.

This year they include record and song of the year (Bruno Mars' "Grenade"), album of the year and vocal album of the year (Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops & Hooligans") and nonclassical producer of the year (the Smeezingtons, the name for the production trio of Mars, Lawrence and Ari Levine).

Lawrence will divide his time between sitting in the audience with his fiancee, Urbana Chapa, and performing "Grenade" onstage with Bruno Mars. His parents, Cheryl and Philip Lawrence, and siblings DeVonna and Shane Lawrence, will be in the audience as well, "praying and crossing our fingers," said Cheryl Lawrence in a phone call from Los Angeles.

SHOWING ID

Five regional artists explore notions of identity, perceptions of beauty and the relationships between art and culture in "Forms of ID" a new exhibition opening Saturday in the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Ind. The exhibition, which showcases work by Gray Lyons, Morgan Ford, Ben Duke, Steven Labadesa and Christopher Olszewski, will hang through March 17, with a free, public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 10.

Work in the show will offer the artists' styles, media and perspectives on body image and identity and the ways they develop in young people. Lyons is an associate faculty member of photography at Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend.

Ford is the director of the ShircliffGallery of Art at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind. Duke teaches at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. Labadessa is an assistant professor of drawing and painting at Missouri Southern State University.

And Olszewski is a professor at the School of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. The gallery, at 506 Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.nhgallery.com or call 812- 682-3156. gallery DeDication A historic theologian stands in bold relief and in crafted strokes in paintings, sculptures, plaques, plates, pitchers and silverware in a new gallery at the University of Evansville. Some 300 objects relating to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist religious movement, have found a new home in the John Wesley Gallery and Methodist Commemorative Collection, located on the lower level of Neu Chapel. R. Wayne Perkins, a UE professor emeritus of philosophy and religion, and his wife, Sally Perkins, donated the objects to the university. …

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