School of FIne Arts
faculty in the design department with the School of
Fine Arts continue to develop and expand their work
in exciting ways through noted exhibitions throughout
Gina Westergard, associate professor of basic studies
and metalsmithing and jewelry, and director of graduate
studies in design, has been selected to participate
in a juried member exhibition shown in conjunction with
the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association conference Oct
24 - 25 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire
St. in downtown Lawrence.
Westergard's piece in the show, "Back to the Garden,"
is a splendid, multi-colored funerary urn done in gleaming
copper, gold leaf, palladium leaf, enamel paint and
a taxidermist glass eye. It stands at 39" and is
11" in width. Read
Visual art education students show KU presence at
The KU visual art education program enjoyed a strong
showing Nov. 1 - 2, when the Kansas Art Education Association
had its fall conference in Salina.
Four graduate students and five undergraduates attended
the annual conference, which this year celebrated the
theme, "First Things First: Building Foundations,
"Participating in the art education conferences
not only provides opportunities for professional development
and networking for our students, it's a way KU can contribute
to the quality of education in the state," said
Liz Kowalchuk, associate professor of visual art education.
Students who represented KU at the conference, and
their presentations, include:
Natalie Aillon, graduate student, "Creative,
Collaborative Communication": Aillon will present
a hands-on workshop about mail art, its origins
and the possibilities it offers for new forms of
Beth Rowe, undergraduate, "Queen of Arts":
Rowe will present a hands-on workshop about the
history and design of playing cards.
Cassie Sebring, undergraduate, "Industrial
Photography": Sebring will present a lecture
and criticism activity about the ways to interpret
industrial photography in the classroom, focusing
on the work of Lewis Hine, Bernd and Hilda Becher
and Jet Lowe.
Brian Pollack, undergraduate, "Installation
Art: Space Materials and Function": A hands-on
workshop about the history, function, and importance
of art installation in the 21st century.
Trishia Nelson, undergraduate, "Just Bead
It": A workshop about beads in society that
will include exploration of polyform clay.
Erin Scott, undergraduate, "Tattoos: History
and Temporary Solutions": A presentation about
the art form of tattooing, including cross-cultural
comparisons. Participants will experience a safe
alternative with henna (Mehndi) and other removable
Graduate students Margaret Schramm, Beth Gamber
and Deena Amont, "Confronting the Challenges
for First Year Teachers": Schramm, Gamber and
Amont will present at more scholarly look at the
challenges beginning teachers face with Joyce Huser,
Fine Arts Consultant for the Kansas State Department
of Education, and Kowalchuk. The presentation will
provide advice and suggestions for meeting the challenges
of classroom management, lesson implementation,
locating resources and establishing an art program
within a school.
The Kansas Art Education Association is dedicated to
the advancement of human and cultural understanding
through the study of art by providing opportunities
for professional growth and development, exchange of
knowledge and ideas, service and leadership for the
advancement of quality art education.
For more information about the conference and its participants,
the public may call the Departments of Art and Design,
Visit the School
of Fine Arts website for more information.