Park University Seniors to Display Art Work in Campanella Gallery

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Nov. 5, 2013 — The art work of three Park University seniors will be on display at the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Monday, Nov. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 18. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Gallery.

Students featured include Jessica Crane, a fine art and secondary education/art double major from Kansas City, Mo., (attended Park Hill High School); Amelia Jenny, a fine art major from Overland Park, Kan. (attended Shawnee Mission South High School); and Ashley Stapleton, a fine art major from Kansas City, Mo. (attended Kearney [Mo.] High School).

Organic GestureCrane described her exhibition of oil on canvas paintings, “Organic Gestures,” as “a macro viewpoint of abstractions from nature to show movement created by curvature of lines and organic shapes. My pieces utilize overlapping forms with complimentary hues to contribute to my feeling of serenity, and the different shapes, lines and colors create diverse compositions that engage the viewer to take a closer look into nature.”

CautionJenny’s display is a series of photographs titled, “Caution.” “My work investigates physical beauty that can be found in the most decrepit, forgotten and lonely places,” she said. “I want my photographs to bring awareness to the things that most people would not take a second look at and display a moment that captures both the past and the present.”

Uncompromising Gazes“Uncompromising Gazes” is the display created by Stapleton, who describes her work as “both personal and public.” Her close-up painted compositions on canvas are intended to engage viewers much like facing a stranger on the street. “By looking into the eyes and faces of each stranger, I hope that each viewer is able to create their own dialogues or even new opinions of each figure after staring at them, similar to the impression of getting to know someone,” Stapleton said.

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. The Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday, as well as Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. In addition, Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 16-18, the library will be observing its winter hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the student exhibit, contact Matthew LaRose, director of the Campanella Gallery and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, at or (816) 584-6457.