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McPherson College Students Display Art In Downtown McPherson VAAM Gallery

posted Jan 31, 2014 in ACADEMICS

Some of the best McPherson College student artwork is on display through the end of February in a professional setting – the VAAM Gallery, located in the McPherson Opera House.

This is the fifth biennial art exhibition, which started in 2004, at the McPherson Opera House, 223 S. Main St., McPherson, Kan. About 60 works are on display through Feb. 23 in a variety of media, including metal, watercolor, pencil, and computer-created graphic design.

Dee Erway-Sherwood, associate professor of graphic design and program director, encouraged the community to come and see what student have been working on in classes including metalsmithing, sculpture, photography I, elementary design, drawing I, watercolor and ceramics. Design work from Graphic Design II, III and the graphic design senior show are also on display.

“As MC faculty we are excited to see our students exhibit both on and off the McPherson College campus,” Erway-Sherwood said. “There is a wonderful selection of MC student work represented from the several areas within the Visual Art Department.”

Landon Stang, freshman, Limon, Colo., has one of his works included in the exhibit. He created it in his first class in drawing… ever.

“It made me feel I had accomplished something and made me determined to keep drawing,” he said.

Although this was his first formal class, Stang has been drawing for years. He’s now considering adding a double major in visual arts in addition to his elementary education major.

“I love art,” he said. “Ever since I was little, since I could pick up a pencil.”

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to a closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Other students with work in the exhibit are: Evan Hiebert, senior, Goessel, Kan.; Jasmine Regehr, sophomore, McPherson, Kan.; Austin Hiebert, freshman, Newton, Kan.; Monica Ewy, freshman, Halstead, Kan.; Alejandro Esparza, freshman, Rosemead, Calif.; Maci Schlehuber, freshman, Hillsboro, Kan.; Angelica Chavez, sophomore, Newton, Kan.; Kevin Aka, freshman, McPherson, Kan.; Matraca Ewy, senior, Halstead, Kan.; Heath Hewitt, senior, Sterling, Kan.; Cheyenne Browning, sophomore, South Haven, Kan.; Sarah Schowengerdt, senior, McPherson, Kan.; Matthew Richards, freshman, Norman, Okla.; Jacy Porter, senior, Little River, Kan.; Cord Cunningham, senior, Ottawa, Kan.; Melicia Evans, freshman, McPherson, Kan.; Robin de Young, senior, Anaheim, Calif.; Wes Anderson, junior, Valparaiso, Ind.; Lora Kirmer, sophomore, Holly, Colo.; Joshua Lloyd, junior, Stafford, Va.; Phoebe Barton, junior, Little River, Kan.; Taylor Gillespie, senior, Raymore, Mo.; and Danna Jacks, junior, Stafford, Kan.

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