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Kansas Wesleyan Senior Showcase and Student Art Display Opens April 9

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SALINA – The Kansas Wesleyan Art and Design Department and The Gallery at KWU, in Sams Hall of Fine Arts, announce the exhibit, “Senior Showcase and Student Art Display” featuring the artwork of students from the Art and Design Department, April 9 through May 9, 2018. The student show is an annual event celebrating the culmination of the school year’s hard work. Students will have the opportunity to have their work displayed in a gallery setting by submitting work from classroom projects. Artwork will be selected from the areas of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, illustration, graphic design and 3D Design.

Award presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. Salina artist, Connie Burket and Professors, Lori Wright and Neil Ward will give remarks and honor students with awards and recognition from the Art & Design Department. More than $200 in prizes will be awarded. Awards Reception-Friday, April 13, 5-7 p.m. Awards Presentation at 5:30 p.m. Salina artist, Connie Burket and professors, Lori Wright and Neil Ward will present awards. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

This exhibit will also feature the artwork of Senior Art and Design Students:

  • Atalisha Carire from Denver, Colorado, works as an interdisciplinary artist, creating an environment with sculptural figures to draw viewers to consider their reaction to homeless people and their place in society.
  • Devin Griffee, a native Kansan from Marysville is a Graphic Design major with an appreciation for History. Creating a narrative through photography and graphics, he has designed a project that brings awareness to the plight of children soldiers in Africa.
  • Jena Larzalere, from McPherson, Kansas will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Influenced by Impressionism and her love of Kansas nature, she focuses her artwork on representing landscapes using paint and mixed media.
  • Emma Reitz is working as the Marketing Director at Weis Fire and Safety in Salina. Her exhibit centers on bringing awareness to Childhood Diabetes by sharing a narrative of children who struggle with Type 1 Diabetes. Her project was partially funded by the Horizons Grants Program of the Salina Arts and Humanities Foundation. Funding is provided by the Horizons, a private donor group.

Additionally, KWU’s Art and Design major equips students with a variety of hands-on experiences that help students hone their craft while equipping them for a career. Most recently, alumni of this program have accepted positions with Northrup Grumman, Black and Veatch and Hanes Brand.

For more information contact Peggy Medina, Gallery Director at or call 785-833-4383.

Updated: April 2, 2018 — 5:01 pm


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