The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present the exhibit “Dynamic” that will feature eight artists. The exhibit was curated by Gehry Kohler and begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, and will be on display through Nov. 19. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1 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.
The artists featured are from all over the world: New York, Australia, New Orleans, England, North Carolina, and Missouri.
According to a joint statement by the artists, “the work presented in this exhibition focuses on, and encompasses a system of process, change and progress within multiple mediums from established artists.”
Profiles of the artists featured in the show are as follows:
Jason Karolak currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1997 he received his BFA in painting from the Pratt Institute and in 2006 got his Master of Fine Arts from The School of Art Insitute of Chicago. Karolak has been reviewed in Art in America, Hyperallerigic, and The New York Times. McKenzie Fine Art in New York represents Karolak’s work.
Rob de Oude also lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied painting, sculpture, and art history at the Hoge School voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and SUNY Purchase where he received his MFA. His work has been displayed in France and he has been featured in the New York Post, New York Arts Magazine, and many more publications.
Anthony Baab resides in New Orleans, La., and teaches at Tulane University. He received his undergraduate degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 and his master’s degree from Cornell University in 2009.
Jill Downen lives in Kansas City where she also has a studio and is assistant professor of sculpture at Kansas City Art Institute. She received her BFA and MFA from Kansas City Art Institute and Washington University in 1989 and 2001, respectively. Downen was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received many other awards. Her work has been exhibited around the United States.
Luke Firle lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. He received his undergraduate degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2002 and he is currently working on his master’s degree at the University of North Carolina. His art has been exhibited in the Midwest and Western United States. Firle has taught at Missouri Western State University.
Emma Landgridge, born in Cheltenham, England, now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She studied at the University of Western Australia in 1996. Landgridge has had exhibits in Australia, the Netherlands, Paris, Belgium, and Munich.
Caleb Taylor has a BFA and MFA from Northwest Missouri State University and Montana State University, respectively. His work has been exhibited around the country. Taylor has been involved in projects, curatorial collaboration, and is currently a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.
James Woodfill’s career has been focused in installation art and public projects. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri. Woodfill currently works as associate professor in the painting department at the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has mainly been seen in the Midwest region and has been reviewed by Art in America, The New Art Examiner, and Sculpture Magazine.
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.