Park University Senior to Display Artwork in Campanella Gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Senior Exhibit - LeightyThe artwork of Rene Leighty, a Park University senior fine art major from Kansas City, Mo. (attended Winnetonka High School), will be on display at the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus from Monday, April 20, to Sunday, May 10. A reception will be held on Tuesday, April 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Gallery.

Leighty’s exhibit, “The Reality of Motherhood,” depicts the changes that occur in a women’s body that come naturally when having children.

The artist describes her artwork as contemporary, expressive, dramatic, personal, and more importantly, demonstrates the reality of motherhood.  “I used repetitive lines and shapes to display an appearance of movement and merged together a layering of multiple images in graphite and charcoal,” said Leighty. “The process is similar to the triple exposure technique in photography, with a repetition of recognizable body parts and overlapping imagery in my descriptions of a hectic life.”

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.

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.