Walker Art Gallery Features Senior Show, Now Through Nov 20, at UNK

John Fronczak

Three University of Nebraska at Kearney senior art majors have visual communication and design work on exhibit at the Walker Art Gallery now through Nov. 20.

The gallery, which is located in the UNK Fine Arts Building, is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

According to John Fronczak, UNK Walker Art Gallery director, the students–Nate Eskra of Beatrice, Jared Muehlenkamp of McCook and Hiroki Takei of Japan— have all worked from six months to a year on the pieces featured in the exhibition.

“The Walker Art Gallery hosts senior exhibitions each fall and spring semester,” Fronczak said. “The senior exhibition schedule is divided between the visual communications and design seniors, who show together in one block, and the art education and studio seniors, who will show together, or separately, depending on the number of students involved and the nature of their degree candidacy.”

Eskra’s segment of the show is titled, “The Competitive, an Independent Film Competition,” and uses a print medium.

“I have designed a personal invite packet for VIPs who are attending the ‘Worlds Most Exclusive Film Competition,’” Eskra said.

“Opening Day” is the title Muehlenkamp selected for his works, which use digital art or digital photography and computer programs to aid in the design.

“My show is about the relationship between the passion of baseball fans, and the tradition and dedication that the players share with each other,” Muehlenkamp said. “I chose to design the Cape Cod Colonials minor league baseball team’s uniform consisting of jerseys, pants and hats. I named the location of the team by looking back at history to the colonial people who started our country. America was a sort of a rebirth and that is in essence what ‘Opening Day’ is for fans and players: a rebirth, a fresh start.”

The third senior, Takei, used the print medium to create “Travel Tour of Japan.”

“This exhibit will be one portion of a promotion of a package tour around the world,” Takei said. “In this exhibit, I focus on the Japan package tour and create a promotional campaign. I show some parts of the Japanese culture through my exhibit.”