The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present "In the Studio…LIVE" by artist Christopher Gulick as the seventh show of its 2012-2013 season. The exhibit of sculptures, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, will be on display through April 19. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An "Art for lunch" presentation by Gulick will be held Tuesday, April 2 from noon to 1 p.m., in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
Gulick is a Wichita native and is one of the original members of a group called the Famous Dead Artists, who initiated what is now known as the Final Friday museum crawl. His work has appeared in exhibits and juried shows in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Maryland, New York and other states, as well as in Europe. He has been commissioned to create works by individuals, school systems, and private and public organizations in America and abroad. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Wichita Art Museum, and he received the Individual Artist of the Year Award from the Wichita Art Council in 2012.
"I have always been fascinated by balance, that constant battle of wits with inertia and gravity," Gulick says on his web site. "I find myself continually attracted to lines that travel parallel and then intersect and separate again. The chaotic fluid lines formed by nature appeal to the spiritual drive in me. The lines implemented in architectural design patronize my desire for logic. All of these mindsets in concert result in the sculpture that I'm compelled to build. Viewing art is often like a new conversation, one always finds something to agree and disagree. Site specific works are my favorite. I love meeting new people. Learning new perspectives. Seeing new places."
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.