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Bridgewater College Professor to Exhibit Sabbatical Works


Michael Hough, associate professor of art, will exhibit “Sabbatical Works II” Jan. 3 – Feb. 6, in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater College.

An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in the Miller Gallery. Hough will present an artist’s talk at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Cole Hall. The exhibition, artist’s reception and talk are open to the public at no charge.

Hough’s show is a group of more than 20 large-scale welded steel sculptures he assembled while on sabbatical during the fall 2012 semester.

The sculptures are assembled from a variety of found and fabricated pieces – farm implements, industrial cut-offs and interesting scrapyard finds. “I enjoy the hunt for the scrap metal parts as much as I enjoy welding the pieces together,” said Hough.

Hough pays close attention to line, shape and the negative space created by the combination of different elements. “My work is about the material itself and how bits of metal, when welded together, can create composition that interest and delight me,” said Hough.


Hough earned a master of fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design. He joined Bridgewater College’s faculty in 1997.

He has a large sculpture and ceramics studio located beside his home in New Hope, Va.

The Miller Gallery is located on the second floor of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Posted on 12/5/12

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