If there was ever evidence of the growing studio art and graphic design programs at McPherson College, the current exhibition on campus would be it.
Wayne Conyers, professor of art, was blown away last year when the departments hung nearly 200 works in MC’s Friendship Hall - more than he could ever remember displaying in a February exhibit, drawn mostly from fall art and design courses.
This year surpassed even that record, with 250 works lining every wall, filling display cases, and arranged on podiums throughout the hall.
“Every time I think we’ve hit the limit, these students prove me wrong,” Conyers said. “Just a decade ago we were hard-pressed to collect enough student artwork from both semesters’ classes to have just enough for a full exhibit in Friendship Hall. It’s satisfying to see the quantity of student artwork continue to increase while the quality remains at our same high standards.”
The exhibit is a sampling of the huge variety of mediums and artistic concepts that students explore at MC. Among the mediums used: ceramic, computer graphic design, charcoal, watercolor, pencil, marker, metal jewelry, stone sculpture, and batik fabric.
In one case the medium was even an electronic circuit board turned into a stylized clock.
One factor allowing for more student work were exciting new remodeling that took place in Hess Hall - creating two new computer labs that can be merged into one and a new flexible-space classroom with full media equipment and even space for a piano.
The large exhibit is now on display, through March 13 and is open to the public.