Steckline Gallery to host juried show for Final Friday


Director of Steckline Gallery, Shannon Johnston, is trying something new this year. She has arranged Newman’s first juried exhibit, “Swipe Right.”

Johnston explained, “The title, ‘Swipe Right,’ is a play on dating apps where you swipe right for yes or left for no on individuals’ profiles. As a juried exhibit, the juror is accepting or refusing submissions, swiping left or right. It also opens up potential thematic continuity for works submitted … a modern look at relationships, acceptance, love, etc.”

There were no restrictions on what type of art could be submitted, therefore, the show contains a wide variety of works. Kristin Beal, a gallery manager and lecturer at Wichita State University, juried the show.

Johnston looks forward to the juried show, which will allow students’ work and new artists’ work to be viewed and admired.

She’s also excited to see what the audience takes from the show. “With a juried show, there’s a lot the audience can gain. Approaches to concept, formal considerations, techniques and materials could vary significantly.

“My hope is that this show will build new connections between artists and Steckline and offer new perspectives to our audience,” said Johnston.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Steckline Gallery located in De Mattias Hall. It’s part of Wichita’s Final Friday activities showcasing artists.

Art for Lunch will be held from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Steckline 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.



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