Until April 20, The McClelland Art Gallery windows are laced with yellow tape, touting CAUTION and CUDIDO in bold, black lettering. Yet the current display by Union College's Zak Adams, a senior graphic design major, is open and safe to the public for viewing.
Titled Under Construction, a sign just inside the door explains that, as a person, Adams is ever learning and hence continuously under construction. The theme also reflects one of his greatest passions, carpentry.
"It started when I was little," Adams explained. "My mom would get me legos, and I would build everything I could. I got to building things with wood, things that got bigger and bigger. I love building things, doing things with my hands, the smell of wood."
A model wooden house he built resides in the center of the McClelland Art Gallery. The mainstay of the display, however, is a collection of 20 pieces, which range from photography to art. Above Adams' own work hangs 11 art works created by his mother and inspiration, Nancy Adams, who began suffering a debilitating illness when Zak was ten.
"I wanted to give her one last exhibition. She's always had her portfolio and always loves talking about it as much as she can. I didn't want to make it about me, I wanted to do it for my mom." said Adams.
The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.