New Dimensions

| Brett Collier reporter |

Two art exhibits have come to Pittsburg State and will be on display in two galleries at Porter Hall this semester.
Semiotic, by Colby Parsons, is a media exhibit that combines 3-D ceramics and videos projected on a loop played in the background. Each video shows what each shape represents while each of the shapes in the videos details and reflects scenes from Parsons’ daily life.
The exhibit was able to come to PSU thanks to Portico Bowman, associate professor of art. Bowman says her friendship with Parsons was the key to lock in the exhibit this semester.
“I met Parsons through professional affiliation at the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA),” Bowman said. “I presented Colby’s work to the faculty to vote on, and nearly all of the faculty voted in favor of bringing the exhibit here.”
Bowman says the university is fortunate to have an exhibit like this here.

Payton Stronach, junior in art education, admires a piece of artwork at the art exhibit held in Porter Hall on Monday, Aug. 25.

Payton Stronach, junior in art education, admires a piece of artwork at the art exhibit held in Porter Hall on Monday, Aug. 25.


“Having art like this here not only benefits the students, but the community, as well,” Bowman said. “Colby has had his work displayed not only nationally, but internationally, as well. And so to have his work here with us is really something special.”
Students who have already been through the exhibit say they have been impressed with what they have seen.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Cali Cox, junior in elementary education. “It was like technology was evolving into the art. The video told a story. Not even 10 seconds in you can tell what’s going on.”
Kyle Sherrill also shared his thoughts.
“I found it really neat,” Sherrill, freshman in communication, said. “The way the art sort of told a story was something I had never seen before.”
Semiotic will be on display until Friday, Sept. 26.
Parsons will travel to PSU that day and give a lecture on his exhibit at 4 p.m. in Porter Hall, room 103, with a reception to follow at 5 p.m.
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The second exhibit featured in Porter Hall this semester is Neil Lawley’s Point Clouds, which will be on display in the Harry Krug Gallery until Dec. 4.
Lawley is also scheduled to give a lecture on his work that Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Porter Hall, room 103.
The Harry Krug Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

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