Da'Ron Gillis (graphic design), Zane McHugh (ceramics) and Veronica Ziegler (photography) are all featured in the final show of the semester in the Regier Gallery (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; reception Fri., May 18, 7-9 p.m.).
Gillis, Dallas, will complete a degree in graphic design and Zane McHugh, Wichita, and Veronica Ziegler, Hesston, in art. In addition, McHugh will do student teaching next fall in order to obtain his education licensure.
Gillis is showing a project in which he designed menus, napkins, takeout containers and all the “swag” needed for a restaurant.
McHugh is showing ceramics and Ziegler photography.
Gillis’ inspiration for his restaurant materials mock-up came from his mother, he says, who has a degree in culinary arts and a dream of opening her own restaurant.
He took her favorite colors, yellow and pink, and used variations on them that are “more elegant and powerful,” he says.
His hope with this project is to encourage his mother to revisit her dreams and goals, he says, because she is “my biggest supporter and role model.”
In his artist statement for the show, McHugh describes starting his project with “no objective in mind besides making functional pottery with a texture that would complement the form.”
It was in moving from lidded jars to bottle forms, he says, “[I] truly came up with my show,” in the midst of trying something new.
Ziegler cites some of her photographic influences: Kansas photographer Jim Richardson as well as Kimberly Comancho, Miles Morgan and Rick Pauzi – plus, perhaps most importantly, the beauty of Kansas itself.
Her senior project, she says, allowed her to “expand my creative thinking and make my art unique.”
The reception for the three students is May 18, 7-9 p.m. outside the gallery. The public is invited.
The three studied with Rachel Epp Buller, associate professor of visual art and design, David Long, professor of art, Kathy Schrag, adjunct instructor of art, and Donalyn Manion, instructor of graphic design.
Regular Regier Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Extra hours for commencement weekend are Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission charge.
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