Nation’s, Kruse’s senior exhibitions on display through April 5

Contact: John Fronczak, Walker Art Gallery director, 308-865-8084

The senior projects of two art majors at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are on display now through April 5 in the Walker Art Gallery in the UNK Fine Arts Building.

Taylor Nation, of Bertrand, focused most of his attention on bronze sculpture for his project, creating pieces such as “A Hatchling” and “The Runt.”

“My ideas are sparked from memories in my life, mostly from my childhood and events in my life that have had the most impact on me as a person,” said Nation. He has five bronze sculptures and one oil painting on display in the gallery. After graduating, Nation plans to continue working at his current job while expanding his knowledge for different types of sculpture.

Shane Kruse, of Gothenburg, used his knowledge of ceramics and printmaking to put his project together.

“The purpose of my work is to express my thoughts and feelings about the world around me in a visual language of images and forms,” said Kruse. “In regard to my ceramic work, I think the objective is to ask if functionality has any bearing on whether or not something is art.”

Kruse plans to look for a secondary art teaching position near Holdrege, where his wife teaches school and where his children have grown up, he said.

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