Faculty art

Faculty art from pottery to painting, and everything in between is currently being shown in the gallery in the Lied Education Center for the Arts until March 1. 

The Lied Education Center for the Arts is currently hosting a faculty exhibition displaying pieces created by professors and assistant professors in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ Lied Art Gallery. 

Pottery, printing and painting are among the art styles available for viewing. Jess Benjamin, the gallery director and an adjunct assistant professor, said that she has “worked on this series of works for several years” and her art was not created specifically for this exhibition. 

Each artist’s statement explained the work beside it, and Benjamin’s was no exception. Her piece “Dried Up On the Ogallala Aquifer” was prefaced with the statement that it “focuses on water usage in the Great Plains area: a regional concern that is related to the phenomenon of global drought.” 

Many artists focused their pieces on issues that are important to them, including Assistant Professor Rachel Mindrup. Her paintings “Waiting Room Whispers” and “Ill-Fitting” are centered around her family’s experience in the hospital due to her son’s neurofibromatosis. “Over the years, I’ve had plenty of time for quiet contemplation while in pediatric neuro-oncology waiting rooms. These observations are what is on display in this exhibition,” she said in the statement.  

In specifics to the exhibition, Mindrup also said that it motivated her to put the finishing touches on her artwork. 

“The painting of the kid with neurofibromatosis was my favorite,” said MJ Marin, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences who visited the exhibit and connected to Mindrup’s piece the most. “It has to do with the idea of health, and these last couple of years people have been in and out of hospitals more and it’s hard. Two years ago, I had ganglions taken out of my wrist […] it certainly draws to my own experience of being in hospital for family who was sick and myself.” 

Each of the two rooms in the gallery had mixed art forms to promote the flow of the art in relationship to each other and keep viewer’s eyes moving and engaged. 

The exhibition is open until March 1 from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. each weekday and 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. on weekends.

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