Bethany College will host Alaskan artist and alumnus Ray Troll on Sunday, February 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Mingenback Art Center for a public lecture.
In Troll’s lecture, “Fish Worship and the Art of Ray Troll, or How I Became a Scientific Surrealist,” he will share the twists and turns of his unique fish inspired career.
Troll graduated from Bethany in 1977 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in studio arts. He eventually settled in Ketchikan, Alaska where he began to pursue his interests in natural history and art. He began producing offbeat fish-filled t-shirts that soon gained him an audience with cannery works, anglers, commercial fishers and scientists. His art has toured in exhibitions at major museums across the United States and overseas.
He has co-authored and illustrated nine books. The latest book is a collection of his piscine inspired humor called, “Something Fishy This Way Comes.” Other books include “Cruising the Fossil Freeway,” with paleontologist Kirk Johnson, a children’s alphabet book, and an overview of his career, “Rapture of the Deep,” with an introduction by Brad Matsen.
Troll served as the art director for the Miami Museum of Science’s major traveling exhibit, “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches,” currently on tour across the country. He is also an avid musician.
The Mingenback Art Center is located at Second and Olson Streets in Lindsborg, Kansas on the Bethany Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.