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Students open art show March 22

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K.T. Gorzek and Rebecca Kelly
K.T. Gorzek and Rebecca Kelly are the directors of the student-run gallery.

Augustana student artists will open their fifth exhibit at Cool Beanz with a free event from 6-8 p.m. March 22.

It will be the fifth such exhibition in partnership with the Rock Island coffeehouse at 1325 30th St.This ongoing student-run gallery space came about because art majors wanted a gallery space of their own. Initially installed on two walls in the art studio building on campus, the gallery quickly evolved.

When Augustana faculty approached Cool Beanz owner Annette Zapolis ’09 about a partnership, she loved the idea.

McKee Jackson
McKee Jackson '17 pictured at Cool Beanz with one of her works featured in the upcoming exhibit.

Zapolis worked with Augustana studio art technician Eric Mathis and students to develop plans to use the coffeehouse walls.

The directors of the gallery, art history major K.T. Gorzek ’17 and art major Rebecca Kelly ’18, curate and install one exhibition each term.

“Augustana’s art students need creative outlets, and Cool Beanz provides a familiar environment where students can proudly display their work,” Gorzek said.

Kelly added, “The student artists are all very dedicated, and it's amazing to see the community responding to their creativity.”

The exhibition includes works, in a variety of media, by Devyn Absher ’17, Thea Gonzalez ’19, Emily Grooms ’17, Jenna Hartman ’20, McKee Jackson ’17, Audrey Mast ’18, Ian Magnuson ’17, Ian Murrin ’20, Josh Thorson ’18, Margaret Utgaard ’18 and Monica Wierzbicki ’17. The exhibition will be up until the end of May.

Claire Hedden, Prairie Horizon
Claire Hedden, Prairie Horizon, 2013, Earthenware, wood, fabric. Courtesy of the artist.

Four Artists, Four Visions

Four Artists, Four Visions opens March 10 at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. A free reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Centennial Hall. 

The exhibition features the work of four artists invited by Augustana art faculty. (Read more)

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