Late artist's work highlighted at The University of Akron

The life and creative work of Akron artist John Puglia will be celebrated with an exhibit at the University of Akron's Emily Davis Gallery from July 14 through Sept. 12. "Never Not Working: The Art and Influence of John Puglia" will feature both his work and that of his peers.

Puglia, a UA graduate, was well known in the region for his own art and his collaborations with other artists through the magazines, gallery spaces and often elaborate events that he created. In the last year of his life before dying of cancer at age 48 in 2013, Puglia was particularly prolific, with two gallery shows of new work in Akron.

"Never Not Working" will occupy both floors of the Davis gallery. The main floor will feature a career retrospective of Puglia's art, from his work as a UA student in the 1980s to the ambitious paintings and collages he created near the end of his life, focusing on Akron's factory culture and Akron-born heavyweight boxing champion Michael Dokes.

The opening reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 14 at the Emily Davis Gallery in UA's Folk Hall, 150 East Exchange St. The event will include refreshments and a live DJ.