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Support the arts at senior exhibitions
Ann Pelster
JMC 318

Months upon months of hard work and dedication, and it all comes down to one moment.

Thirteen seniors in the art department at UNK have finally reached this moment—their senior exhibitions.

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 17, UNK’s Walker Art Gallery will feature four different senior exhibitions.

John Galbraith, a studio art BFA major, kicked off this semester’s senior exhibits from Nov. 1-9, and his reception was held on Nov. 6.

Nov. 11-19, studio art major Eric Feikert and art education majors Kelsi Amen and Cody Jorgensen will present their senior shows. The reception for these three seniors will be Nov. 13 from 4-6 p.m.

The visual communication and design BFA majors will be featured from Nov. 22 to Dec. 6, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 3. Seniors exhibiting this semester are Shannon Danielski, Justin Geiselman, Kentaro Kawamatsu, Ryan Miller, Sarah Miller, Manami Nakai, Chika Noda and Stephen Wolf.

Studio art major Naomi Yonemoto is the last senior exhibiting this semester and will showcase her work from Dec. 8-17. Her reception will be from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 11.

According to John Fronczak, director of the Walker Art Gallery, the senior exhibition is the capstone course for all art-related majors. The showcases are designed to demonstrate the student’s abilities and utilize the skills and knowledge obtained from their college courses.

Fronczak says it’s essential for students, especially those in the same department, to come to the senior exhibitions and show their support. “It’s important for students to build a community among themselves,” Fronczak said.

Education doesn’t only come from professors; students “teach one another” as well.

The support also needs to come from beyond the art department Fronczak says. The entire campus community should be involved.

“We need to support one another,” Fronczak said. “Everyone goes out to the football games and the basketball games, but there are people that are also playing their hearts out, as it were, in the music department, the science department, the art department and the theater department. They are just as talented as the athletes that we all love so much, and they deserve the same level of support.”

The Walker Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about the gallery’s schedule, call the art office at 308-865-8353 or visit art.unk.edu and browse the “Galleries” page.

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