A look at James Grubola’s art show, ‘The Friday (and Thursday) Sessions’

UofL professor and artist James Grubola’s “The Friday (and Thursday) Sessions” opened on Friday at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts. It features Grubola’s work from his weekly practice of drawing sessions from live nude models on Thursdays and a ballet studio on Fridays.

“This show is very important — obviously it represent the last three and a half, four years of my life, in terms of artistic work,” Grubola said about “Sessions,” which shows a return to his first love of figure drawing.

Grubola joined the Department of Fine Arts at the UofL in 1975 and quickly established the advanced drawing program. While his time as a professor at UofL’s Hite Art Institute is soon coming to an end, he plans to continue working until he physically can’t.

Print artist Jackson Taylor said Grubola’s work demonstrates his “lineage as a formal developer in the art world.”

“His knowledge and tone have helped fertilize several draftsman across the Midwest,” said Taylor, 24.

Friday Sessions
James Grubola
Scott Massey, Jackson Taylor
Thursday Sessions
Friday Sessions , Douglas Miller, Ying Kit Chan
Friday Sessions
Thursday Sessions
James Grubola
Friday Sessions
Friday Sessions, Unframed gesture drawings
Friday Sessions, Unframed gesture drawings
Cressman Center for Visual Arts