Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University will offer students, faculty and visitors a premium blend of artistic talent in an exhibit of works by five FHSU alumni who are faculty members in the Department of Art at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.
Keith Lowery and Jack Karraker will exhibit paintings; Wuthichai Choonhasakulchoke, graphic arts; Elmer Holzrichter, photography; and Howard Jacobson, ceramics.
"It's very nice to be hosting artwork from these alumni," said Michael Jilg (pronounced YILK), director of the Moss-Thorns Gallery at FHSU. "They are all friends of ours and the University of Nebraska at Kearney is kind of like a sister school."
Each year the Moss-Thorns Gallery is on the lookout for fresh, innovative exhibits that showcase both student and alumni work. In the spring, the gallery displays three student exhibits: the Students Honors Exhibition, the National Association of Interior Design Professionals Exhibit and during the Spring Gallery Walk in Hays.
Each exhibit is a month long. Jilg said the goal is for at least one gallery showing of alumni work per year.
Faculty shows for the year are determined by the educational value for students, faculty and the community. The big question is "how can we use what's on exhibit for our students to use as an educational tool?" said Jilg. "Moss-Thorns Gallery is both a classroom and a recruiting center."
The alumni exhibition will be on display from Friday, Aug. 27 to Wednesday, Sept. 22. An opening reception will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. on Aug. 27.
The Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art is located in Rarick Hall, room 102, and is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.