The Laguna Art Museum will display two paintings by G. Ray Kerciu depicting the Confederate flag June 27-Sept. 27. Both are part of a series the professor emeritus of art created in reaction to the atmosphere at the University of Mississippi in 1962, when the first African-American student was admitted to the institution, where Kerciu was a young faculty member.
Kerciu will also discuss his work and its controversial rise to prominence at a 6 p.m. talk Thursday, July 23.
During his 39 years at Cal State Fullerton, Kerciu founded the printmaking area of study and was instrumental in founding the university’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. He retired in 2002. More about his artwork, including the on-campus Begovich Gallery exhibit of his works in 2013, is available online.