Despite her busy teaching schedule, Linda Ganstrom, associate professor of art at Fort Hays State University, has managed to craft some time for her own work with several shows that will last until the end of the month.
"BodyBook: Live Love" is currently on display in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, located in Rarick Hall, room 102, on the FHSU campus. Ganstrom described her solo exhibit as a "spiral journey."
"The pieces are set up so that when you walk through the door, you have to walk around in a spiral shape to see everything," she said. "It represents the spiral of life. It begins with preadolescence, then adolescence and continues. In the middle is a torso that represents marriage. On the torso statistics about marriage are written and there's two words engraved in the front, making a two-word poem."
Each school day over her lunch period from 12:00-12:30 p.m., Ganstrom adds to the embroidery on the wedding dress in her performance piece titled "Marriage Embroidery."
"It's about maintaining a marriage," Ganstrom said. "I go in over my lunch break with my husband whenever I have the time and we'll work on it and talk. But there's been times when I've had too many other things to do, like set up for my drawing class or get the ceramics room cleaned up. There's all of those critical things that take over your time, and you just try and work through them. I think that's true in a marriage too."
The Moss-Thorns exhibit can be viewed from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday until Sept. 25.
"Deeply Rooted," Ganstrom's second solo exhibition, is currently on display in Lindsborg in the Mingenback Gallery at Bethany College.
"In life we all put our roots down in some place" she said. "This exhibit is an appreciation to those people and places that 'root' us. It is less literal than 'BodyBook', but it is also incredibly beautiful. Everything looks great in Mingenback Gallery!"
Along with the reception for her show on Sept. 7, Ganstrom gave a gallery talk that dealt with her exhibit. She will return to the Bethany Ceramics Department Wednesday, Oct. 1, for a workshop in which she will present a slide lecture and give a demonstration to the students. The workshop will focus on scale and different techniques used for working in figurine scale versus large scale.
Ganstrom's third exhibit titled "Cinderella's Shopping Spree," is currently on display at the Wichita Center for the Arts as part of the Wichita National. "Cinderella's" features a life-scale figurative piece including two full figures and a dozen figurative fragments, a trademark of Ganstrom's.
Amy Schmierbach, assistant professor of art, also has her piece "Touch" in the show. Schmierbach described it as being red yarn crocheted to look like hundreds of finger-like forms sticking out of the wall.
Ganstrom noted that the Wichita National is one of the two most historically important shows in the country to artists, especially ceramicists, who work three-dimensionally.