Two art grads combine forces for joint exhibit at PSU 

The work of two graduates of the Pittsburg State University Department of Art is featured in a new art exhibit in the University Gallery in Porter Hall, on view through June 3. 

The joint exhibit, by John Cohorst, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (‘04) and a Master of Arts (‘06), and Holly Kranker, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (‘07), is called “No Space Like Home,” and explores the notion of home, both domestic and cosmic. 

John and Holly

Photo by Madison Warnemunde

Cohorst is a Midwest-based artist, creating both functional and sculptural art objects. He has been an artist-in-residence and visiting artist at universities, a tour manager for a gallery, and has traveled, exhibited, and taught workshops across the U.S. He currently lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska. 

He finds images of astronauts to be humorous, quirky, and a draw to people on many levels. 

“For some, it’s scientific or about exploration, others see a nerdy outsider or a space cadet,” he said in his artist’s statement. “People find aspects of themselves in these quirky illustrations and are surprised when they see themselves reflected in the gold luster face shield!” 

Kranker is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice uses a variety of mediums. She is the residency program manager at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and also has worked as an artist-in-residence and as a studio manager and lead assistant to a renowned glass sculptor.  

She has received awards from the Birger Sandzèn Memorial Gallery in contemporary metal craft and the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in photography, and has work included in the National Park Foundation-Lewis and Clark Historic Trail permanent collection.  

Focusing on their respective work and choice of clay as a primary medium, the artists discovered similarities within both of their practices around how we see ourselves in context to place and alongside each other.  

Using humor, scale, and everyday items, they invite the viewer into a space of observation, contemplation, and inquiry to reflect on one’s own relationship to home and place. 

“The viewer can find nostalgia, intrigue, and delight as they pass through the gallery space,” said Art Department Chair Jamie Oliver.  

The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For more information: Call 620-235-4302 or email joliver@pittstate.edu

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