For its first show of the 2018-19 season, the Steckline Gallery at Newman University will present “36days” featuring art by Paul Flippen.
The exhibition of Flippen’s works, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, will be on display through Sept. 21. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artist will be held noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first served basis. Guests are also welcome to bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
Flippen is an artist and educator and said he is happy to participate in a community outreach such as Final Friday at Newman University.
Flippen drew his inspiration for “36days” from his own experience with his father, who passed away a month after having a stroke. His show reflects emotions and ethics of the end of life through drawings and text describing the narrative of one family’s experience. He said, “Negotiating with doctors, each other and our own feelings, my family and I sought to do what was best for my father as he would have defined it.”
The show will include multimedia drawings interposed with text panels.
He explained, “Thirty-six drawings of pen and ink layered over eroded surfaces of paint weave in and out of 36 text panels that detail my relationship with my father and my reactions to his passing. Shifting from crisp scientific renderings to the atmospherics of memory, the words and images navigate one account of modern medicine meeting family history.”
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.