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Visual art students' achievements displayed in annual Scholarship Show

Friday, May 01, 2015

LAWRENCE — Visual art students selected to compete for scholarships will exhibit their work in a show starting today, May 1, at the University of Kansas. The exhibition is free, and the public is welcome.

The exhibit will feature art from 80 undergraduate students who have been nominated by faculty to participate in the show and are eligible to receive scholarships based on the merits of their creative work and academic performance. The pieces will be on display on the third and fourth floors of the Art and Design Building.

“This is an important opportunity for students to exhibit their work and possibly earn a scholarship,” said Gina Westergard, associate professor and associate chair of visual art. “This exhibit shows the exceptional quality and variety of creative work being made here.”

The exhibition begins with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, on the third floor. During that time, the department will also host open studios of senior and graduate students’ spaces on all floors of the building. The studios will be open to the public for Sunday only, while the rest of the exhibition will continue through Tuesday, May 5.

A range of disciplines will be represented, including ceramics, drawing, expanded media, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles.

The Art and Design Building is at the northeast corner of 15th Street and Naismith Drive. Visitor parking is available at the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage, 1501 Irving Hill Road.

The Department of Visual Art is one of four departments in the School of the Arts. As part of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts offers fresh possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the humanities, sciences, social sciences, international and interdisciplinary studies. The Department of Visual Art provides students with the technical skill and cultural awareness essential to the careers of professional artists, scholars, teachers or administrators.