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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 24, 2017

Art students, alumni collaborate with University Police to host exhibit

A painting by Chance Allen

A painting by Chance Allen

A painting by Tia Calkins

A painting by Tia Calkins

Art students and alumni of Northwest Missouri State University will host an art show in cooperation with the University Police Department in alignment with the police department’s interest in visual arts and cultivating meaningful relationships with Northwest students.

The one-day exhibition on Monday, March 27, is at the University Police building, located on the northwest corner of the campus. The artists will be present during a reception at 7 p.m. and answer questions about their work.

It will feature artwork created by Northwest students Chance Allen, Alexis Banegas, Dupree Dolor, Zoe Green and Melody Monroe. They are joined by sculptor Brant Weiland, ceramicist Jamie Woodard and painter Tia Calkins, all of whom graduated from the University in December.

Calkins is the curator of the exhibit. She said University Police officers connected with the group of artists at an art showcase they organized earlier this month at a local business.

“By hosting an art exhibit in their new building, the UPD is hoping not only to continue their pursuit of art but also to invite the community into their new space and experience the art together,” Calkins said.

Additionally, University Police collaborated last fall with Assistant Professor of Art Dr. Stuart Robinson and Northwest art students on an exercise to analyze artwork.

“Examining a work of art requires a keen sense of deduction when trying to decipher the narrative provided by the artist,” Calkins said, noting the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a similar program for New York City officers who credit the program for helping them sharpen their skills in the law enforcement field.

The art show is juried by a panel of three judges consisting of Robinson, Senior Instructor of History Matt Johnson and University Police officer Jeremy Staples.

Calkins said works selected for the exhibit have a narrative quality to them.

“The artists have utilized contextual elements from the present time and then have visually and compositionally manipulated them in an attempt to open up the conversation about societal issues,” she said.

Calkins examines the structure of the education system through her paintings. Allen uses paint to explore the psychological arrangement of the human figure and objects that surround it, while Banegas’ paintings reflect a childhood of domestic instability. Dolor uses paint and prints to illustrate the effect of racial oppression.

Woodard’s ceramics focus on recreating a texture from the natural world, manipulating it in a way that the vessel still reserves its functionality. Monroe’s work in ceramics investigates pattern than both matches and complements a manipulated organic form.

Weiland uses sculptural etchings focused on the history of the rural environment. Green’s photography explores her experience within the system of the Catholic Church.

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468