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February 01, 2023

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Pryor Art Gallery Hosts ‘Art of the Buzz’ Exhibit

The exhibit it open and can be viewed through March 3.

Columbia State Community College’s Pryor Art Gallery is featuring a family and sports event with the “Art of the Buzz” exhibit in conjunction with Chris LeMay’s National Electric Football Game Museum in Spring Hill. The exhibit is now open to the public through March 3.

“When Chris LeMay, president and treasurer of The National Electric Football Game Museum, visited the Pryor Art Gallery and told me about his museum, my eyes opened wide and I said, ‘I remember playing that with my older brother in the 1970s!’” stated Lisa Hoffman, Pryor Art Gallery curator. “This began a wonderful collaboration to bring this nostalgic, yet contemporary game’s history to Pryor Art Gallery as LeMay’s introductory exhibition of NEFGM.”

About the exhibit

The National Electric Football Game Museum is a nonprofit organization with the specific purpose of educating the public about the game of Electric Football. Art of the Buzz exhibits vintage and collectible games, the early history of the game, the Electric Football community, national tournaments plus a Titans/Oilers and Kats section.

The exhibit also features the works of Kerry Woo, a season three LEGO Masters contestant and Nashville photographer who has worked for Google and other clients creating 360 virtual tours. Woo won three first place categories at the Nashville Public Library’s 10th Annual LEGO Contest. His creations include a Nashville cityscape with the “Batman” building, the 505 Nashville building and a football stadium.

Kerry Woo

Ron Mango, an artist and solitaire coach from Murfreesboro, will also be featured. Mango began playing electric football at the age of 12 in 1977 with three teams—the Chiefs, Browns and Packers. Since then, he has continued to play a solitaire league that is in its 87th Season with all 32 NFL teams. He completely hand paints all his teams—the helmet logos, uniform stripes and numerals. Also included is Eddie George’s football uniform he wore during the last game as the Tennessee Oilers from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum in Canton, Ohio and hand painted electric football figure Heisman winners from Glenn Mishoe, Project Coordinator at EF Heisman Project in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ron Mango

The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be January 19 from 5 – 7 p.m. Featured artist Woo will be speaking about the LEGO football stadium he built for the museum. There will also be an artist demonstration by Mango highlighting the art involved in hand painting the football figures. Children will have the opportunity to play electric football games. Participants in the tournament can create a team to play, and the winner will receive an Electric Football Game from Tudor Games, as well as a custom trophy created by the National Electric Football Game Museum.

“The ‘buzz’ around this game has been resonating with gallery guests, faculty, employees and students,” Hoffman said. “This game is a part of Americana and many of us remember opening it at Christmas or playing it during football season with our parents, cousins and siblings! The Art of the Buzz lives on in the artistry and community of those who caught the electric football game fever.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Pryor Art Gallery is in the Waymon L. Hickman Building on the Columbia Campus located at 1665 Hampshire Pike and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For additional information about this exhibit, please visit ColumbiaState.edu/PryorGallery or on Facebook at ColumbiaStatePAG.

 

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra.