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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 4, 2013

Mixed media artist featured in art exhibit at DeLuce Gallery

The work of mixed media artist Susan White will launch the 2013-2014 season of art exhibits at Northwest Missouri State University’s Olive DeLuce Art Gallery.

The exhibit opens Monday, Oct. 14, with a reception and lecture by White, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

White works primarily with pyrographs, which are works on paper created through a scorching or burning process, and thorns that she transforms into three-dimensional structures made from the thorns of the honey locust tree.

In her most recent work, a series of portrait silhouettes, White is interested in exploring the psychological architecture on which people rely, suggesting camouflage, mapping and interior states of being. 

The myriad of marks that comprise her works may be thought of as breaths of silent mantras, White says. While her pyrographs relate to an interior meditative state, in contrast, the thorn works have evolved in response to the external environment, suggestive of the challenging nature of public life and public convention.

White received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and pursued graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been supported by grants from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, the Salina Art Center and The Lighton International Artist Exchange Program.

For more information about White and her work, visit

The exhibit, which continues through Saturday, Dec. 7, is free and open to the public. 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 Glenn Williams, associate professor of art at Northwest, at 660.562.1788 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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