On display in March: ‘Looking In: Photographs from the Kansas Border’

Feb 21, 2024
A photograph from the Kansas border, captured by artist Cary Conover.
A photograph from the Kansas border, captured by artist Cary Conover.

Steckline Gallery will present “Looking In: Photographs from the Kansas Border” by artist Cary Conover during a First Friday exhibition from 5-7 p.m. March 1 at Newman University.

“Looking In” will be on display March 1- March 29. An artist talk, which includes a discussion with the artist and pizza lunch for Newman students, will take place Feb. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Cary Conover
Cary Conover

“Looking In” showcases Conover’s photographs from various points along the border of Kansas — a project he started in early 2021.

“Relying on internet maps, I am able to scout many of the locations ahead of time from my home in Wichita in south central Kansas,” Conover explained. “Some locations are barren and austere, others offer a more scenic, picturesque view. Although I resist the traditional ‘postcard’ view of the sunflower state, I enjoy being a tourist in my home state.”

Conover has photographic experience as a contributing photographer for “The New York Times,” “The Village Voice” and as a staff photographer for the “Monroe Evening News” in Michigan. As an adjunct professor at Newman University, Conover teaches analog and digital photography.

Conover received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University, a Master of Education degree from Emporia State University and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. He has showcased his photography in several exhibitions locally, New York and even London. He is based in the Midwest.

Location of photographs, as of summer 2023
Location of photographs, as of summer 2023

To explore more of Conover’s artwork, visit his website, https://www.caryconoverphotography.com/.

The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays or by appointment.

For more information, email gallery director Shannon Johnston at [email protected].

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