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Franklin College professor Gordon Strain is exhibiting his work on the West Coast.

Strain’s work will be on display this month at Jenny and Jimbob’s in North Hollywood, Calif. The show will remain open through Jan. 31.

The exhibit displays a series called “The Diminutive Man.” The pieces show a man in different scenarios that make the world around him seem larger than life. Strain will exhibit paintings, sculptures and photographs in the show, but the series also includes short stories.

The work was made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He’ll continue working on the series this year during a sabbatical from the college.

Strain received his bachelor of fine arts degree in theatrical production arts from Ithaca College in New York and his master of fine arts degree in scenic design from Indiana University.

He was the technical theater director and resident designer at Cincinnati Country Day School, where he also taught middle school and high school theater courses. He also served as a lead artist and project manager for ArtWorks Cincinnati, where he worked with students to develop public art installations. He also worked as a designer for Spaeth Design in New York, where he helped to design the animated holiday windows for Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

Locally, he has designed scenery for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Cardinal Stage in Bloomington and others. He also has completed designs in Chicago and New York.

In addition to teaching at Franklin College, Strain also serves as the chairman of the theater department. He lives in Franklin with his family.

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