Doodling, often viewed as a grade school pastime, has graduated to a college campus. Not usually viewed as art, doodles are ways to pass time and help concentrate. Perhaps they are on napkins or on the back of a handout; they are carefree, fluid creations that can contain as much personality and emotion as any canvas in a museum.
Doodles are a fascinating form of everyday self-expression and an important learning tool for visual-spatial learners. "Doodling gives you a visual anchor for an auditory experience," said Scott Cushman, assistant director of public relations at Union College. "It's a way for visual learners to concentrate on what's being said in a meeting, church service, lecture or phone conversation."
Last summer Union College launched “Margins,” an exhibit featuring faculty, staff and student doodles. Building off of the energy of last year, the call for entries went out earlier this year and has been expanded. Already twice as many doodlers will be participating.
"We had such a great response last year from the campus and community,” said Jacque Smith, director of public relations. “This year, we’re excited to have the exhibit showing when students come back for fall semester and have invited influential leaders and famous Nebraskans to participate. We hope community guests will visit and add to the dynamic exhibit."
On display from Aug. 2-29, “Margins” is intended to be a fun re-framing of everyday art. Visitors are invited to bring their doodles from home or draw new doodles on provided paper and add them to the display.
To contribute doodles in advance, contact Jacque Smith at 402.486.2538 or mail them to:
Union College Doodle Exhibit
3800 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68506.
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.