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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 2, 2009

Northwest Kansas City Center presents art show, reception

The City of Liberty Arts Commission, in cooperation with Northwest, is presenting an art show featuring the work of Kendra Lynn Bulgrin. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Northwest Kansas City Center in Liberty (Blue Jay Tower Plaza, 8 Victory Lane). The show runs through Oct. 31.

After graduating from high school, Bulgrin participated in a cultural exchange and lived in Japan for a year, during which she studied the language, arts and culture. Bulgrin earned an honorary degree from Numata Girls School in 1999. Consequently, her journeys led her to an introspective life of painting, language study and an interest in science.

Bulgrin attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received a bachelor's of fine arts with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Japanese cultural studies, and she received her MFA at Memphis College of Art.

Her artwork is from a vantage point of an adopted child as she continues to explore the issues surrounding her identity and past.

"My oil paintings examine the longing for identity and the subsequent expectations associated with identity and memory. I question how identity is constructed through family, animals, home and memory," she said. "Growing up, I had always imagined my biological family. I contrived expectations of who and what they could be and kept these ideals as stand-ins for them. Finding my biological family left the conundrum of the stand-in versus the real. I found myself questioning the replacements and thus asking again who am I."

Bulgrin, an assistant professor of art at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., has shown nationally and internationally, with shows at the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tenn., and at Beijing Normal University in China.

For more information about the art show's reception, contact the Northwest Kansas City Center at 816.736.6600.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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