Moss-Thorns Gallery schedules art exhibits for the 2008-2009 year

Cast-iron sculptures by artists from around the world will open the 2008-09 art exhibition series in the Moss-thorns Gallery of Art in Fort Hays State University's Department of Art.

The Moss-Thorns Gallery is in Rarick Hall, room 102, on the FHSU campus.

"Iron Tribe 2008" originated in Denver, Colo., at the Western Cast Iron Conference. It will be at FHSU from Sept. 19 through Oct. 3. David Lobdell of New Mexico Highlands University is the curator. A reception from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, will end the exhibit.

The artists of the exhibit come from all over the world, including the United States, Japan, Estonia, Belgium, Scotland, China and Ireland. Artists include Wayne Potratz, Minnesota; Elizabeth Kronfeild, New York; Jack Gron, Texas; Hopi Brenton, San Francisco; Mat Wicker New York; Dan Hunt, Kansas State university; and Julie Ward, Ohio.

 "I am pleased to have this exhibit at FHSU," said Toby Flores, assistant professor of sculpture at FHSU. When the exhibit ends in Hays, it will travel across the southwestern area of the United States.

Flores and his students will conduct an iron pour on Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Rarick Hall sculpture yard. Faculty and students from New Mexico Highlands University, Bethany College, Kansas State, and University of Colorado, Denver, will be present as well.
The BFA Studio Exhibit, from Oct. 10 to Oct. 24, will showcase the talents of students in a class on professional development. The exhibit will open with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

From Oct. 31 through Nov. 21, the Annual Art Faculty Exhibition will be on exhibit. The exhibit is open to any faculty member of FHSU and welcomes any type of art. Opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.

The Sabbatical Exhibition of Amy Schmierbach, assistant professor of art, opens December 5 and runs through Jan. 9. The opening reception is from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12.

The Creative Arts Society will exhibit guest artist Tom Fox and "Scope of Discourse" from Jan. 16 through Jan. 30. Fox is a sculptor from San Diego. He will also be demonstrating his methods of work to art students.
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A closing reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

The ASID Interior Design Exhibition, from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20, will be built around a theme of Green Motif this year. The American Society of Interior Design is a national student organization for students of interior design. The opening reception will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb 6.

The Graphic Design Professional Development Exhibition, Feb. 27 to March 1 will feature the works of seniors in the graphic design program. A reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 6.

The Annual Student Honors Exhibition, open to any FHSU student, will run from April 1 to April 16. Students may submit up to four works of art to be critiqued by a judge from another university. About 80 pieces will be selected, of which 20will earn $200 scholarships for their creators. A reception will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

The High School Art Exhibition, the annual one-day exhibition of high school artists, is April 15. The exhibit will feature more than 1,500 works from 80 different high schools statewide. A team that includes retired faculty members will judge the pieces. The exhibition, in Gross Memorial Coliseum, will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

Realistic, detailed works in oils and watercolors by Ye Wang, an artist from Washburn University, will be on exhibit from April 24 to June 12. The opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 24.

Gallery hours for the academic year, 8:30 a.m, to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8-11 a.m. on Friday.

For more information, contact the FHSU Art Department at (785)-628-4247, or go to the Web site at

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