March 25, 2004          



Jim McClelland, nationally-recognized wildlife artist and Union College art professor, will display more than 40 paintings in an art exhibit to be held April 1-4 during Union College’s Homecoming 2004. McClelland’s art will be displayed in the new McClelland Art Gallery located in the main lobby of the Ortner Center on the Union College campus at 3800 South 48th Street. Additional parking is available in the lots of the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 McClelland describes the collection as a representation of his passion for nature. “I have embraced my love for nature through painting for my entire life,” McClelland said.

            McClelland, celebrating 30 years of art instruction at Union, decided to give the proceeds from the sale of his art to student scholarships because he understands how difficult it can be to meet college expenses. “Providing scholarships to students is my ministry,” McClelland said.

            The collection will primarily depict wildlife scenes. The gallery is open to the public during regular Ortner Center business hours. McClelland will be on-site during the following hours:

Thursday, April 1        11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, April 2             3:30 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 3         8 – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 4           10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Visitors are also welcome to view a new mural in the Presidential Dining Room in the Ortner Center. Painted by McClelland, the mural represents the heritage and values of Union College by depicting the college seal, prominent campus structures and class gifts, a faculty member with graduates, and students spanning the decades since the college was founded in 1891.

For Ortner Center or McClelland Art Gallery information call 402.486.2545.