Costumes and Carvings Part of UNK Art Department Halloween Contests Friday (Oct. 29)

Richard Schuessler
professor of art, 308.865.8350

UNK– Costumes, carvings and pumpkins chucked through the air will be a few of the activities held in the University of Nebraska at Kearney art department during their Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 29.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with the pumpkin carving contest. The pumpkins will be displayed in the art department hallway for judging. Pumpkins are judged in three categories– best of show, most creative and ugliest.

“It is really cool to see some of the international students carve pumpkins,” said Richard Schuessler, UNK visual communications professor. “Most of them have not carved pumpkins before.”

According to Schuessler, the UNK art department selects students from visual communications and design courses to carve pumpkins as part of their class work, and all the pumpkins are entered in the pumpkin carving contest.

“Students enjoy the creative process of relating art to pumpkin carving,” Schuessler said.

The costume contest will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Walker Art Gallery, located in the UNK Fine Arts Building. Prizes will be awarded for the top three adult costumes and the top three children’s costumes. Only original costumes will be judged.

The Pumpkin Chuckin’ contest will begin at 2 p.m. in the art department courtyard. The cost will be $2 for each pumpkin thrown. Pumpkin Pie will be awarded for the pumpkins thrown the furthest.

The carved pumpkins will be on display in the art department hallway until 3 p.m.