Annual faculty art exhibition open until Oct. 12

Two kneeling women one with grain in her cupped hands, greet visitors to the annual Faculty Art Exhibit at the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art in Rarick Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.

The exhibition went on display Sept. 24 and will run through Friday, Oct. 12.    

The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and graphic design. Works range from leaf earrings by Joyce Jilg, instructor, to a large metal rocket titled "Glupoia" by Tobias Flores, assistant professor. The exhibit also has multiple paintings from Azar Vaghefi, instructor, and Allen Craven, associate professor.

A large ceramic sculpture by professor Linda Ganstrom occupies one corner. "Pathway Possibilities" is a pastel rock path enclosing a life-sized woman surrounded by four headless women. Karrie Simpson-Voth, associate professor, is exhibiting digital media works, and Dr. Zoran Stevanov, has a selection of color prints of city scenes from around the United States.

Leland Powers, chair of the department, displays "Specimen" and "Remnants," which are scenic works. "Fossil Fool's Dream:" by Gordan Sherman, associate professor, features a naked woman in black and white divided into three frames.

A black and white drawing, "Untitled" by Amy Schmierbach, assistant professor, lines the right wall along with professor Michael Jilg's huge painting, "Trust," which will be on display at the Bank of Hays after the exhibit ends. Instructor Charmion Arthur has "Harvest," a collection of framed quilt sections dedicated to her grandfather and representing the struggles of a Kansas farmer. Professor Chaiwat Thumsujarit's graphic design "Illustration for Sasin Magazine" and a painting "Division" by Tina Nipper-Hagley, local Hays artist, is featured in the faculty collection.  

Works by retired faculty are also on exhibit "Flowers, Wine and Brahms" a huge watercolor by Frank Nichols; "Spring Landscape" an oil painting of a prairie by John Thorns; "Primal Thrust" a wood sculpture by Dale Ficken, and a painting by Kathleen Kuchar titled "Walking on Water."  

The Moss-Thorns Gallery is on the first floor of Rarick Hall on the FHSU campus. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The faculty exhibition concludes Oct. 12.

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