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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 31, 2012

New art exhibit features ‘objects for the body’ by Janice Jakielski

This mixed media piece, “Frolics and Frippery,” appears in a new exhibit at the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery featuring the work of Janice Jakielski. (Submitted photo)

This mixed media piece, “Frolics and Frippery,” appears in a new exhibit at the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery featuring the work of Janice Jakielski. (Submitted photo)

A series of unique and colorful “objects for the body” designed by Janice Jakielski will be presented in a new exhibit at Northwest Missouri State University.

The exhibit opens Monday, Nov. 5, with a lecture and reception at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The exhibit continues through Monday, Dec. 10, in the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

Jakielski, who has been an artist-in-resident at numerous institutions both in the United States and abroad, makes objects that she says are meant to transform how people perceive the world. Her art is based on recognizable forms as well as items drawn from her personal life such as her grandmother’s circa 1930s hat collection or Amish bonnets from childhood trips to a farmer’s market.

“My most recent explorations have a focus on communication and relationships,” she says in her artist statement. “Through these objects I am exploring methods of communication and the navigation of the spaces, both physical and mental, that we inhabit. By disrupting or enhancing the senses, my props make possible an exaggerated self-awareness, a break in the normalcy of daily experience. This work is a social experiment of sorts, a mediated event to explore communication, comfort and complacency through play.”

Jakielski’s recent exhibitions include the Seattle Design Center in Seattle; The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; 67th Scripps Ceramics Annual in Claremont, Calif.; and Bray Warehouse Gallery in Helena, Mont. She also has taught at a variety of institutions including Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This fall, she joined the Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramic Art and Design at Alfred University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder.

For more information about the artist, visit  

The Olive DeLuce Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Laura Kukkee, associate professor of art and ceramics, at 660.562.1324 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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