UNK– Senior art majors at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are exhibiting paintings and ceramics in the Walker Art Gallery, now through Friday.
Kelsi Amen, a senior art education major from Sidney, is displaying a variety of works in several media including–acrylic, charcoal, clay, pastel and even a bronze sculpture. After graduation, Amen plans to teach art.
“During my career as a student, I have never identified with any other subject as I have with art,” said Amen. “I see art as a multifaceted subject, and I believe it is my profession to help others understand its importance in society.”
Eric Feikert, a senior studio art major from Kearney, states that he was most influenced by Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock. His paintings are created using acrylic and paint markers on wood panels.
According to Feikert, he creates his work with one idea in mind, but finds it gratifying to learn the whole spectrum of ideas that others interpret in his work.
“The piece, therefore, takes on multiple dimensions…that is the real reason why I paint,” he said.
Cody Jorgensen, a senior art education major from St. Paul, has watercolors, acrylics and ceramics featured in the exhibit. Jorgensen will student teach in Houston, Texas, during the spring semester.
“The senior exhibit is a chance for the art students to show their work and make connections in the art world,” said John Fronczak, UNK Walker Art Gallery director. “Just like athletes it is important for the community and fellow students to come support the work of the art students.”
The UNK Walker Art Gallery, which is located in the UNK Fine Arts Building, is open Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.