Last Final Friday exhibit of the season features Allyson Glenn and ‘Human Animal’

Apr 14, 2016
Allyson Glenn: The Human Animal

The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Human Animal” by Allyson Glenn, MFA, as the eighth and final show of its 2015-2016 season. The exhibition of colorful abstract expressionism, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, will be on display through May 22. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.

“Human Animal” is part 1 of a 2-part series. The works address human politics and hidden dangers found in complex group dynamics.

Animal symbols represent the fight-or-flight instinct, and a repeating motif of a graffiti wall functions as a visual metaphor for divisions: keep out and protect those within.

–  Allyson Glenn

Glenn’s collection of oversized paintings are sure to command attention and draw the eye closer to uncover the true meaning behind the dark scenes of nature intertwined with human interaction.

Each large painting in the Human Animal collection is a single scene. Combined, they tell a complete story – a story that is different depending on the interpretation of the viewer.

Below is a video of Allyson Glenn explaining her work during a previous exhibit at the Ottawa School of Arts (Orleans):

An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artist will be held Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Steckline 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.

Glenn earned a MFA at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, and has studied at various art schools in England and Canada. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and overseas. To learn more about Glenn, visit her website at:

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.

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