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KEARNEY – Walker Art Gallery exhibitions give students the chance to see a high level of artistic achievement.
“Walker Art Gallery’s programming tries to focus on bringing works that enrich the student experience,” said Matt Ziemke, gallery director and senior lecturer in the University’s Department of Art. from Nebraska to Kearney. “Once in a while it’s nice to reflect on work that shows creative faculty research, work that guides the department.”
The Walker often exhibits the work of artists outside the university. He also puts on student performances as a way to demonstrate the success of students studying art in the department.
“I think it’s important to give students a chance to see what their teachers are doing in their own creative practice,” Ziemke said. “As you can see on the show, there is a real diversity of approaches, medium, content, technique and material. For students, seeing how their own teachers navigate the creative process is refreshing and encouraging. »
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Ziemke spoke about the faculty exhibit currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery through September 15. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission to the gallery is free.
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“A show like this hopefully opens up that educational experience to something more than just learning a technique or having a critique with an instructor,” Ziemke said.
Over the summer, the Walker Gallery hosted an exhibition of new acquisitions from the Museum of Nebraska Art. The museum is currently closed for renovations.
“We were able to offer the space as a substitute space for the museum for a short time,” Ziemke said.
Even with MONA closed for renovations, Ziemke noted that Walker Gallery’s mission remains the same.
“I try to get a diverse array of artwork in there,” he said. “We haven’t had a faculty show for a few years, since before I took this job. I really wanted to bring that back.
Ziemke also wants to include three-dimensional work. The next exhibit will feature works by a sculptor from Wayne.
“I’m really excited to get three-dimensional works in space, because they’re usually two-dimensional pieces. Two-dimensional works of art are easier to transport and organize than a three-dimensional show,” he said. “I’m always excited to create a diverse program.”
In November, Ziemke plans to open an exhibition of works by Polish and Ukrainian artists that will coincide with a planned international festival on campus.