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.

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 Questions about the event can be directed to Union College Campus Ministries at 402.486.2508.

Local art gallery director displays paintings in McClelland Art Gallery

Julia Noyes is reaching new corners of Lincoln, and new audiences, with a McClelland Art Gallery exhibit running through Sept. 19.  Noyes, whose 10 pieces are on display at Union College, directs and owns her own gallery located on South 9th Street.

“Having the Noyes Art Gallery has been a special blessing because I get to work with so many other artists,” Noyes said, explaining that each month she coordinates exhibits with more than 60 other local artists.

Union College presents 'Margins' doodle art exhibit

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.

Giving voice to others

Photo of Sean Dale.Sean Dale wore many hats during his time at Union College—literally. On and off stage, the recent communications/public relations graduate has been a leader in Union College’s theater program, UC Drama, for about five years. During that time, he’s been involved in seven shows, including directing a production of his own, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, in the fall of 2008.

At the beginning of the project, Dale didn’t really know where to start. “I was freaking out,” he said, “but Mark Robison gave me advice and I was able to tackle it.” Robison, professor of English and the head of UC Drama, has guided many student directors through their first shows, and Dale learned a lot about how to stage a show from Robison, including how to organize a group of actors. “Getting everyone to show up for rehearsals was the most difficult part, but in the end, it was very rewarding,” Dale said. “I almost cried at the standing ovation we got on opening night.”

'Multifaceted Design' emphasizes opaque watercolor

For Jeremy Diehl, senior studio art and pre-med major, art began as a hobby, and he continued doing it through college using it as a stress reliever from his other classes.  

Although in his exhibit, titled "Multifaceted Design," he displays oil, sculpture, pottery and airbrush, his emphasis is in opaque watercolor.

'Genuinely Genus' senior exhibit revolves around nature

Though art is secondary to Sanna Reeve's Spanish and international studies major, when you walk into her senior exhibit in the McClelland Art Gallery, her work will convince you otherwise.

Titled “Genuinely Genus,” Reeve’s art focuses on nature and animals, though there are pieces that include people and objects.


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