Wayne State College


Faculty Art Exhibit

  • October 2 - November 5, 2020
  • Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery, Conn Library
  • Free and open to the public

Featuring art by WSC faculty.

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

The Fall 2020 Wayne State College Faculty Exhibit displays diversity in media, inspiration, and theme. The show runs through Nov. 5.

Mask-wearing and social distancing is strongly encouraged.

Radial designs using watercolor, Prismacolor markers, pigment ink liners, collage, acrylic, and embroidery thread highlight artwork by Dr. Carolyn Albracht, associate professor of art education.

“Some of my more recent work is in response to rural living and its effect on my perception of the socio-political world,” she explains. “I love texture, pattern, and layers. People say my work makes them smile because of the bright colors, weird little critters, and whimsical feel. That pleases me.”

Animal imagery and other natural elements serve as metaphors to explore human issues in the artwork of Francine Fox, associate professor of painting. Her work employs painting, drawing, and digital techniques.

Nebraska’s natural beauty is reflected in the oil painting of adjunct professor Mary Haas.

“My work is realistic and impressionistic,” she says. “Northeast Nebraska is what I know and paint with enthusiasm.”

The complex relationship between humans and nature spills into artwork by Sarah Lemmon, associate professor of sculpture.

“My work explores the tactile experience of our encounters with nature and the hybridization of man-made materials with natural forms,” she explains. “Ethical dilemmas, personal stories, and the demands of circumstance inspire my work.”

Distressed buildings and defaced inner city walls inspire John Paul McCaughey, assistant professor of print media.

“I am attracted to their visual and textural properties,” he discloses, “the cracks, chipping paint, poorly removed graffiti, fliers, and flashy advertisements.”

McCaughey’s artwork echoes collaboration between man and nature through painting, sanding, collage, décollage, and screen printing. The process blurs the lines between organic, manmade, and digitally-produced to create visually balanced and texturally complex compositions.

Josh Piersanti, associate professor of graphic design, adds digital prints to the exhibit.

“My theme is humorous photo composites,” says Piersanti. “My goal is to make the viewer laugh.”

Artwork by Leroy Von Glan, adjunct professor of ceramics, and Natalie Endicott, adjunct professor of photography, will also be on display.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. and Sunday 3 to 7 p.m. It is closed Saturday. Shows end at noon on closing day.

For more information on this exhibit or upcoming shows, visit the art gallery or contact gallery director Dr. Andy Haslit, associate professor of art history, at 402-375-7031.