New Mexico artist to give student workshops, artist lecture, exhibition in Hays

New Mexico artist Chuck Zimmer gets his inspiration from nature and uses natural resources such as dirt and mud in his art. Zimmer will provide workshops for art students from USD 489 and Fort Hays State University Nov. 6-7 and will lecture about his personal art at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, both at the Hays Public Library for the "Drawing with Dirt" event.

The workshops will explore alternative drawing and painting techniques using natural materials such as dirt, sand and clay. Zimmer uses dirt and mud to form abstract marks on transparent fabrics. The fiber is constructed into pods that he installs in nature.

Roosevelt, Wilson and Lincoln grade schools will participate in a workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The workshop for FHSU drawing students will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Zimmer will meet with FHSU's Professional Development for Studio Art class from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 to discuss public art projects in New Mexico and his job at the New Mexico Arts Commission.

All work produced during the workshop will be on display at the Hays Public Library Gallery. The opening reception for the exhibition will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. The exhibition will remain up through Nov. 24.

The event is presented by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is sponsored in part by the FHSU Department of Art and Design and the ART 675 Professional Development for Studio Art class. All events will take place at the Hays Public Library and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Amy Schmierbach, associate professor of art, at (785) 628-4272 or

Zimmer's work may also be seen at

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