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"Ephemera," an art exhibit showcasing  48 artworks of varied media, is on display in the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery through March 18.

"Ephemera," an art exhibit showcasing 48 artworks of varied media, is on display in the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery through March 18. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

Feb. 18, 2011

National juried exhibit ‘Ephemera’ opens Monday at Northwest

By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Artworks of varied media make up the national juried exhibit, "Ephemera," opening Monday, Feb. 21 in Northwest Missouri State University's Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

"Ephemera" is a national juried competition open to all visual art media. The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and a lecture by the exhibit's juror, Daniel Keegan, at 7 p.m. in Fine Arts Room 244.

The exhibit will remain open through March 18. Gallery hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.  

This original exhibit, presented by the Northwest Department of Art, is the first in many years at the University to showcase competitive elements selected from a national call for artwork. Artists from 48 states submitted 387 pieces for the exhibit, which Phil Laber, chair of the Department of Art, said may challenge one's preconceived notions of art.

"Our hope is that ‘Ephemera' will expand the awareness of contemporary visual art and will enrich cultural experiences for the people in attendance," Laber said.

The artworks explore the notion of time, impermanence, illusion, ruin and the temporary as primary characteristics. Keegan selected 48 artworks, which include jewelry, ceramics, photography, digital media, collages, video, paintings and drawings. 

Keegan is director of the Milwaukee Art Museum and has worked at the museum since 2008. Previously, Keegan was museum director at the San Jose Museum of Art from 2000 to 2008, and prior to that he was the executive director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City from 1997 to 2000. Keegan received a master of fine arts from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor of arts in communication art from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

For more information about the exhibit contact the Department of Art at 660.562.1326 or go to  

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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