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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 12, 2012

New art exhibit features work of artists throughout the country

By Cynthia Creek, media assistant

“Wow and Flutter” by Leticial Bajuyo

“Wow and Flutter” by Leticial Bajuyo

“Raisin” by Biff Bolen

“Raisin” by Biff Bolen

“Face 3” by John Chang

“Face 3” by John Chang

Northwest Missouri State University hosts the Second Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Jan. 17 through Feb. 17, in the Olive DeLuce Gallery. The exhibit showcases contemporary art by artists across the country.

The art show opens with a lecture by the exhibit’s juror, Elaine King, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Charles Johnson Theater, located inside the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception afterward.

This year’s exhibit is titled, “Where We Are: Tectonic Shifts and Dissolution of Boundaries.”

“This is a chance for the University and local communities to experience a wide variety of approaches within the contemporary arts,” said Laura Kukkee, an associate professor of art at Northwest who helped organize the exhibit.

King is a professor of art and art history at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is also an independent art critic, writer and curator. As juror of the exhibit, she chose the work displayed, judging it for uniqueness, innovative use of materials and quality. The exhibit was open to all artists living and working in the United States; artists were invited to enter up to three current works for consideration. 

The exhibit features 27 works of art, produced by 19 artists. It showcases a wide variety of approaches to contemporary practices in the visual arts.

“This exhibition aims to explore the potential of contemporary visual art that embraces the blurry lines being explored by artists who are currently breaking down boundaries and working between the tenets of two-dimensional art practice, mixed media, digital and media art, and the physical world we move through,” King said.    

“Face 3” by Los Angeles artist John Chang is one of the notable pieces in the show. It is a photographed self-portrait printed on collaged newspapers, painted, photographed again and printed onto smaller canvases to make a larger collage.

Regular DeLuce Gallery hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information contact Kukkee at 660.562.1324 or kukkee@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

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

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