|Polly Campbell Boles and her artwork.|
The legacy of local artist Polly Campbell Boles, who passed away in June 2015, continues through her work, including several pieces that are displayed in the Technology and Business Development Center at OU-C. Those pieces are “Chrysalis,” “Foothills” and “Red Configuration,” which decorate the building’s entry halls.
Boles, who was 90 years old, was a highly-skilled painter with works that included fine arts mixed media and sculpture. Her work was exhibited in venues such as juried shows at Battelle Memorial Auditorium, Columbus; Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown; Parkersburg Art Center; Zanesville Art Center; Wagnalls Memorial, Lithopolis; Broward County Art Guild, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Lancaster Art Guild; and in various shows in Athens and Reynoldsburg.
In recent years, her work was displayed at the local Pump House and the Ohio Statehouse.
Her connections to Ohio University run deep. Boles earned both her bachelor’s of fine arts degree and master’s degrees from the university, where she was elected to Kappa Phi Kappa and Kappa Tau Alpha honorary societies.
Beyond her skill as a practicing artist, she also shared her craft with others as an educator at Ohio University and Columbus State Community College.
Art was an integral part of Boles’ life from an early age. According to her artist’s statement, “I do not remember a time when I did not draw or paint. In early grades, I drew for my classmates … I later drew for my children and grandchildren. Bust, most of all, from a deep inner need, I create for myself. The painting as product is incidental”
She drew much of her inspiration from this region.
“Nature themes are inherent from a childhood in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, and the quietude of that existence is often reflected in my work.”
“Down whichever path my imagination may take me, art will continue to enrich every facet of my existence and, I hope, bring interest and pleasure to other people.”