A pair of Park University fine art students will showcase their work as part of their senior thesis exhibit, Friday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 31, in the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus.
Marie Brink, senior fine art major from Columbia, Mo., and Kendall Tompkins, senior fine art major from Shawnee, Kan., will have their art featured in the exhibit. A reception for the students will be held Friday, May 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery.
In her artist statement, Brink said that the drawings and prints she creates are odd. “I explore subjects of death and abnormality in my artwork. This odd imagery is combined with a universal symbol of life and beauty: nature. Morbid imagery is juxtaposed with nature to give beauty and life to subject matter that is seldom discussed and often seen as taboo or morbid.”
Tompkins, who will be exhibiting acrylic paintings, said in her statement that she also has an interest in all things morbid. “What fascinates me more, however, is how something as simple as color can shape how we view specific subject matter. My pieces aim to build a connection between life and death using color. These two juxtaposing ideas live in harmony…to create a similar mood for both inspirations.”
Admission to the Campanella Gallery, located within the University’s Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus, is free. With the end of the University’s spring semester occurring during the exhibit, building hours will be varied:
• Friday, May 5, through Friday, May 12 — Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, May 13, through Sunday, May 21 — Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays
• Monday, May 22, through Wednesday, May 31 — Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Saturday through Monday, May 27-29
For more information on the exhibit, contact Andrea Lee, Ph.D., director of the Campanella Gallery and assistant professor of art, design and interdisciplinary studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.