April 16, 2018 10:15AM
The project was spearheaded by Rion Huffman, assistant professor in GIT. He was invited by Jenna Spencer, an alumna of the PSU Art Department who now coordinates the gallery at Memorial Auditorium, to showcase the best images created by Pittsburg State students.
Photography faculty chose the images for the gallery, named "Faculty Favorites," and Mpix at Miller's Professional Imaging in Pittsburg donated nearly 90 prints. Last Friday, Huffman and two students, Kaylee Krull and Pablo Ortiz, hung the work, which includes four prominently displayed Judge's Choice images.
At 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20, an artists' reception will be held in the lobby as part of Pittsburg ArtWalk. Many of the more than 40 Pittsburg State students whose work was chosen for the gallery will be on hand to answer questions about their work, Huffman said. The gallery will remain on display through April 30.
Madison Wooldridge, a senior graphic communications major from Liberal, Missouri, said being chosen for the gallery is a big honor.
"The feedback we get in class from faculty is always super helpful," she said, "but I think having our images chosen for display in this gallery really shows that they see quality in what we are creating."
Wooldridge also is looking forward to getting feedback from the community during the reception, she said.
Alex Gourlay, a senior graphic communications major from Topeka, Kansas, was proud to have had work chosen for the gallery.
"But it's not just about seeing my work," Gourlay said. "It's seeing my peers be successful, seeing the smiles on the faces of my friends when they see their work in a gallery for the first time. Being able to congratulate them and being able to share this moment with them — that's what excites me."
And, Gourlay added, "it's all about getting a chance to show the community all the talent that is here at Pittsburg State and to showcase all of the hard work that students have put in."
The gallery is open Monday through Friday during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and in the evening and on weekends when events are occurring at the auditorium.
Learn more about the GIT program at https://www.pittstate.edu/department/graphics/