Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A special day for Pittsburg State University and the Community...

More than 1,000 gathered at Pittsburg State University’s new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts to cut a ceremonial ribbon and tour the $33 million hall this past Sunday. 

“More than anything, this day is a celebration of the spirit of this institution and this community,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “Without the support of our students and donors and the incredible work of our campus faculty and staff who helped design this beautiful structure, this day would have never arrived.”

The large gallery in the Bicknell Family Center of the Arts still has some steps to completion, but Chairperson and Museum of Art Director, Rhona McBain said, " We are ecstatic that this day has arrived. It will be a cultural and economic transformation for the community of Pittsburg. We are looking forward to our first exhibition in the new space. We are grateful to President Scott, Mr. Bicknell, the current donors and those that will step forward in future. It is truly a whole community bring our dreams to reality." 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Cars, Cake, Competition, Celebration and of Course...ART

PSU faculty, S. Portico Bowman (Professor of Art, Department of Art) and Nico Prelogar, (Instructor, Automotive Technology) were paired together to provide the content of the ART470-81Art in the Automotive course.

"When I was presented with the course from Continuing Studies, I thought this is the perfect opportunity for collaboration between the Department of Art and the College of Technology. Learn about the art and design plus the technology and automotive...WOW...fantastic course!" saids Rhona McBain, Department of Art's Chairperson.

ART470-81Art in the Automotive fulfills the General Education Fine Art credit for the Bachelors Degree in the Applied Science of Automotive Technology, Pittsburg State University, College of Technology. It is also for many of the these non traditional students the completion of their program.

B. B. Stotts, Director of PSU Graduate and Continuing Studies, who has been working with the students says, "Each student has been working full time plus taking a online course and a traditional course each semester for the past three and half years. This includes courses in the summer time. The dedication and motivation of the students are amazing. "

Last night students taking ART470-81Art in the Automotive at Pittsburg State University's Kansas City Metro Center were in competition mode. The prize was the honor of winning the first place of the first ever Design competition, not to mention bragging rights for the semester's worth of work.

Dr. Karl Kunkel, Dean for the Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Bruce Dallman, Dean for the College of Technology, were on hand to judge the students projects. Each student displayed a drawing, written statement and 3 dimensional clay or polymer clay model based off of their drawing.

Congratulations to:
James Baker, Christopher Beals, Jeffery Brotherton, Roger Driscoll, Joseph Engle, Nick Gambill, Ricky Manhnieo, Amir Moradi, Ken Nelson, Donald Nunn, Andy Riedel, Patrick Ronfeldt, Kaleb Sherry

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Join us for Neil Lawley's Artist Lecture and Reception!

Artist Lecture:

December 4th, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Porter Hall Room 103



December 4th, 2014 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Porter Hall

Pittsburg State University will be hosting a reception to celebrate the exhibition, Point Clouds, in the Harry Krug Gallery. The artworks of sculptor Neil Lawley have been on display in since August 25, 2014. Lawley will present an artist talk Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:00pm with the reception to follow.

Lawley’s use of reclaimed lumber and other construction materials aims to evoke the interrelated nature of all things, machined and natural, falling into similarities to Biology, succulent plants, anatomy, molecules, and cloud formations.

Lawley gives his viewer a visible sense of the connections made within the mind. Creating curved shapes from the rigid materials, Lawley acknowledges the contradictions of forms and materials. The use of reclaimed materials is purposeful on two levels: one to imbue the work with a sense of history, and two to preserve the environment at hand, by not participating in destructive consumer models.

By constructing a skeletal structure with smooth connections, Lawley exposes the making process and integration of the forms. Each intersection captures a moment of decision-making as the process is often free form, with only a general concept and materials at hand.

Lawley received his MFA in Studio Art – Sculpture from Southern Methodist University, his BFA in Studio Art – Ceramics and a BGS in Engineering/Art at the University of Texas at Tyler and is AS in Pre-Engineering at Trinity Valley Community College. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri Western State University.
This week is the last chance for people to see the Point Clouds exhibition. The exhibition closes on December 4, 2014.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9:30pm
Friday: 8am - 4:30pm