Artist, alumnus Brian Bress ’93 returns for a unique afternoon

Brian BressOn Sept. 10, Norfolk Collegiate will welcome artist and alumnus Brian Bress ’93 to campus for an intimate afternoon focused on the evolution of his works throughout the past 10 years. The presentation will be held in the Hackney Theater at 4 p.m.

Bress’ return to Collegiate is part of The Betty M. & Williams B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series, which will highlight art, politics and literature.

This series, which was established in the fall of 2014 by former faculty member Betty Jones and her husband, Bill, was inspired by a lecture series about the Civil War hosted by Collegiate in the fall of 2013. This viewing fueled the Jones’ desire to see similar programming that demonstrated Collegiate’s role in educating the larger community as well as our students.

Bress is more than excited to return to his hometown and share his talents with a community that taught him so much.

“Collegiate was a very supportive place, and I felt that in every way when it came to making art,” said Bress. “During my talk, I’ll discuss some of the ideas and processes behind some specific pieces. Also, I hope to be able to share some modest insights through the challenges of being an artist.”

Bress, who said his love for art stemmed from drawing, will unveil a new video installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art, which opens to the public on Sept. 15.

His new installation In the Box: Brian Bress will mark the world premiere of Man with a Cigarette (2016), which is his first work presenting a full-scale human figure using a video wall, according to a press release by the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Now based in Los Angeles, Bress specializes in creating costume collage, drawings and videos that hang like a painting.

His new video piece will be on display at the museum from Sept. 15, 2016 to Feb. 19, 2017. For more information about Bress’ exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art, please visit

To learn more about the Betty M. & Williams B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series, click here.