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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 1, 2017

DeLuce Gallery opening exhibit to feature emeritus professor

Northwest's Olive DeLuce Gallery will feature the artwork of Emeritus Professor of Art Philip Laber during its first exhibit of the 2017-18 season.

Northwest's Olive DeLuce Gallery will feature the artwork of Emeritus Professor of Art Philip Laber during its first exhibit of the 2017-18 season.

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts begins its 2017-2018 season of exhibits in the Olive DeLuce Gallery with a retired faculty member and his artwork spanning the 40 years he taught at the University.

The exhibit, “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” featuring the artwork of Emeritus Professor of Art Philip Laber, opens with a reception and lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The exhibit closes Oct. 31.

Assistant Professor of Art Bobby Tso, said the exhibit is a tribute to Laber’s service and contributions to Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Laber was an instructor and department chair.

"We were all influenced by his dedication as teacher, as a role model and a member of the University community,” Tso, who also was a student of Laber’s before joining Northwest’s faculty in 2013. “Phil’s many years of service demonstrated his commitment to student success, created a marvelous fine arts department with his colleagues, and represented many achievements. Furthermore, his persistent pursuit of being a successful artist is extremely admirable.”

Laber retired during the summer of 2016 from Northwest, where he taught photography, printmaking and drawing. He also e developed an international study programs course and worked with the gallery program for more than 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Northwest in 1973 and received a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

The Olive DeLuce Gallery season continues with a lecture and demo with ceramist Brett Kern at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 to celebrate the opening of an exhibit featuring Northwest faculty and running through Dec. 11.

The Olive DeLuce Gallery is located on the first floor of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building and houses the University’s Percival DeLuce Memorial Collection. For more information or to schedule a viewing, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 660.562.1326.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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