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DSU Art Gallery Presents New Exhibition

By November 2, 2023Art

William Ruller: All That is Solid Melts into Air opens Thursday, November 2

CLEVELAND, Miss. — The public is invited to the opening of Delta State University’s Art Department’s new exhibition – William Ruller: All That is Solid Melts into Air. Ruller, from Gloversville, New York said, “The abandoned mills and tanneries of my youth and the dilapidated areas of metropolitan and rural sites, with its rust grey tones inform the visual and aesthetic language present in my work. These residual sites serve as the foundation for the work, which allows for a reinterpretation of the space into abstracted images.”

Art Department Chair Cetin Oguz said, “The solo show of William Ruller consist of handmade books and paintings on paper. The Artist prefers minimal compositions with muted colors of grays, neutral greens, blues and earthy browns. The tarnished effect of the surfaces gives a feeling of abandonment of the portrait places.”

Ruller received a B.A. in painting and ceramics from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2007. Following his undergraduate degree, Ruller moved to Oregon where he worked as a production potter and ceramics instructor. In 2014 he received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ruller has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His paintings have been featured in Friend of the Artist, Whitewall Magazine, New American Paintings, and Studio Visit Magazine. His work is in private and public collections such as Hyatt Hotel Corporation, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Museo Riso.

William Ruller: All That is Solid Melts into Air will be on view in the gallery from November 2 to December 7. A reception with light refreshments will be held on November 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. to mark the opening of the exhibition. A presentation by the artist via Zoom is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. that day. The public may join the presentation via Zoom ( ) or view it in the gallery surrounded by his work.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays, and during semester breaks. For further information visit our website at or contact 662.846.4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook or join our email list by emailing