“sample forms of compensation,” a special exhibition of mixed media objects by Benjamin Cirgin, will run Monday, July 1, through Friday, August 2, in Spiva Art Gallery at Missouri Southern State University.

Benjamin Cirgin is an Assistant Professor and Ceramics Area Head at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including the Katherine C. Nash Gallery in Minneapolis Minnesota, the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona California, and the Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco California.

“sample forms of compensation” melds several ongoing interpretations by Cirgin resulting in a series of object-based sculptures for this exhibition. Through abstraction and simplification, the works interpret how actual work completed by people, defines our social placement within historic and contemporary society.

“I believe that everything is based off of labor and perhaps might be the one thing we all have in common. At some point, we have all been working people, come in contact with a working person or benefited from the work of a person.”

An opening reception will be offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 1, in the gallery.

Admission is free and open to the public. Summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.