The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Above & Beneath” by sculptor Elissa Cox as the seventh show of its 2011-2012 season. The exhibit, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, will be on display through April 20. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation will be held Tuesday, April 3 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 human body and the natural landscape inspire Cox and form the direction in her work. She molds materials into life-size organic shapes to show the beauty found in the natural environment. Dreamscapes and fantasy are also involved in formulating her sculptures.
“I prefer to overwhelm the senses with visual excess, with the grandeur of the fantastical, and with my compulsion to detail and craft,” said Cox. “I intend for my sculptures to be seductively massive, yet at the same time, decidely delicate, creating environments inspired by my dreams, landscape visions and human fragilities.”
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.