Arts

Alumni photographers show in McClelland Gallery

Whether timing the perfect candid, constructing a scene or digitally manipulating elements after the fact, there are a myriad ways photographers interact with their tools and their world to create art. The Young Alumni Art Exhibit on display in the McClelland Art Gallery showcases a wide range of styles, encouraging visitors to consider what makes a photo a work of art.

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Union College to unveil Peace Sculpture Garden

In a world where war and chaos become increasingly the norm, students on Union College’s campus took the week of April 5-9 to focus on peace. On Friday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m., the school will unveil of a Peace Sculpture Garden in the Ortner Center at Union College to promote the cause of peace.

Located in one of the main thoroughfares of campus life, “This Peace Sculpture Garden provides artistic reminders of the peace that can exist between people everywhere,” according to Chris Blake, associate professor of English and communication.

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McClelland paintings selected to hang in embassy

Two original watercolor paintings by Jim McClelland, professor of art, have been selected to hang in the United States embassy in Suriname for three years as part of the Arts in Embassies program.

The paintings, a pair of greenwing macaws and a landscape depicting a flock of landing snow geese, were selected to hang in the embassy by Ambassador John Nay, one of McClelland’s students from his time teaching at Battle Creek Academy.

Gallery exhibit 'Gets to Know Nebraska'

When Nebraska is mentioned in movies and television shows, it’s usually an alias for “nowhere.” Union College students, staff and faculty are changing perceptions by helping others Get to Know Nebraska. The contest entrees depicting Nebraska’s landscape, people and places through art, photography and essays will be displayed in the McClelland Art Gallery through March 13.

The contest is sponsored by Student Services and includes three student categories and one employee category. Select pieces of art may eventually be permanently hung in the student center.

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'Nobodies' show in McClelland Art Gallery

Art isn't about fame or fortune. That's the message of The Nobodies 2010 Art Collective, an exhibition in the McClelland Art Gallery running from Feb. 15-24. Reprising of a show last year by Abner Aguilar and Chris Smith, this year they are joined by Bob Fraser, Ed Mejia, and Scott Cushman. 

Union student wins Nebraska ADDY

For Justin Gibson, an invitation to one banquet led to an award at another.

Gibson’s poster for the spring 2009 Associated Student Body banquet won a student silver ADDY at this year’s Nebraska ADDY Awards. The ADDY awards are presented annually by the American Advertising Federation for creativity in advertising. The competition is a three-tiered process, starting at the state level then winning designs go on to compete at regional and national competitions.

Union Drama presents "That's What Makes Them Pirates"

Union College drama students are premiering That's What Makes Them Pirates!, a musical comedy written and composed by Union's own Mike Mennard. Based on Mennard's children's recording, Pirates Do the Darnedest Things, the play unfolds aboard the Jolly Nostril, the pick of the seven seas. The notorious Captain Rapscallion and crew, searching for adventure, revenge, and sword fights, are beset by the infamous Captain Blake, whom Rapscallion believes killed her husband.

Forbes takes McClelland Art Gallery in new Directions

 Bruce Forbes, chair of Union’s Division of Fine Arts, is taking visitors in new Directions with his McClelland Art Gallery display. Running through Feb. 13, his 25 gallery pieces include platinum and palladium prints, toned silver gelatin prints and color digital prints.

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Student artists display work in McClelland Art Gallery

Completing homework assignments on time can be an art form. Sometimes, the homework itself is art.

Running through Oct. 24, the McClelland Art Gallery is showcasing more than 35 pieces created by students. The artwork consists of projects completed this year in classes such as Design I, Oil Painting, Watercolor, Intro to Graphic Arts and Page Layout. 

Christian musicians FFH to perform free concert

Award-winning Christian pop band FFH (which stands for Far From Home) will perform at Union College on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott). Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is free but limited.

Returning from a three-year hiatus, the group is looking forward to re-connecting with fans.

“The time away has been anything but routine,” says front man Jeromy Diebler on the band’s website. “Since our departure in 2006, [my wife and band mate] Jennifer and I have moved to Africa and back, welcomed our second child, and dealt with my multiple scleroses diagnosis. We’ve been walking the wilderness in brokenness and joy, learning that the two coexist. The waiting has been hard, but the Lord knew we needed a break to deal with some deeper issues, both physical and spiritual, that just couldn’t be dealt with while on the road. We now feel like it’s time to renew our connection with our audience and start telling them about this chapter in our story.” 

For more information on the musicians, visit http://ffh.net/. Questions about the event can be directed to Union College Campus Ministries at 402.486.2508.

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