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.

“One never knows where a student's life will lead him,” said McClelland, who has taught at Union for 34 years. “After not hearing from him for many years, I received an email from John asking about my website and proposing the use of my paintings in the embassy where he had just been assigned ambassador.”

McClelland specializes in painting birds in oil and watercolor and has taught art seminars in countries all over the western hemisphere. Other works by McClelland are currently on display in the eponymous McClelland Art Gallery through April 3. The gallery is located 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.