From now until Monday, a variety of art made by faculty members is on display in the Norman Eppink Gallery and Gilson Memorial Gallery in King Hall.
All of the work featured is by current faculty, with the exception of three paintings by emeritus art faculty member Richard Slinon ¬– “A Dream of Rain,” “Fire and Ice” and “Canto V,” the latter of which is from a series of paintings called “On the Human Condition,” which are featured in Gilson Memorial Gallery.
“(Slinon) taught painting here for several years before he retired in the nineties,” said Dan Kirchhefer, professor of art. “I’ve always really admired his work.”
Kirchhefer has a watercolor painting of a tree he saw on vacation in San Paulo on display in Eppink Gallery. Kirchhefer’s two-page art book, “Me as Holbein’s Dead Christ,” is also featured.
“The piece is based on early prayer books and references to Hans Holbein’s ‘Dead Christ,’” Kirchhefer said.
The largest work featured is a wooden kayak titled “Asthma.” It is the finished product of Eric Conrad, associate professor of art, and his first attempt at employing the use of woodworking into his art.
“It’s a departure from work that I show in galleries,” Conrad said. “I took a break and decided to learn a new skill set. It was something new for me.”
He started working on “Asthma” in summer 2011, and he used Western red cedar, maple and walnut to make the kayak.
“I have a friend that teaches industrial design at Kansas University that made a really nice canoe, so I wanted to make a kayak,” Conrad said.
One unique piece featured in Eppink Gallery is “To Delete, Press Star” by art instructor Stephanie Lanter. The piece incorporates an old stoneware phone placed on top of a fiberglass screen cut in a pixelated style.
A series of self-portrait paintings by Derek Wilkinson, associate professor of art, are featured in both galleries, including one of him taking out the trash. James Ehlers, associate professor of art, has a self-portrait engraving featured in Eppink Gallery.
Ehlers and Conrad were asked by The Fire House Gallery in Louisville, Ga. to have their prints featured in the fifth ¬annual 20/20 Vision printmaking exhibition.
“A lot of art faculty have works featured in some of the major regional art galleries,” Conrad said. “Larry Schwarm and I have work featured or have had work featured in a lot of the larger art galleries in the region.”
Schwarm, professor of art, said he and Conrad have had worked displayed at Nelson Atkins and also have work permanently displayed in the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, (Marianna Kistler) Beach Museum in Manhattan and the Wichita Art Museum.
Schwarm also has a series of large photographs of contrasting walls and structures he took in Cuba.
Starting Jan. 22, the Eppink Gallery will feature the exhibit “Top of the Food Chain,” which features art from the department’s permanent collection and “explores the themes of excessive consumption and over indulgence.”