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Westminster College Foster Art Gallery to Host Exhibition of Figurative Sculpture

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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017

Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery will host In the Image and Likeness, an art exhibition of figurative sculpture by Elaina Michalski. The exhibition will run Jan 17 – Feb 10 in the Foster Art Gallery located in Patterson Hall. There will be a gallery reception on Tuesday, Feb 7 from 5-6 PM, with an artist talk at 5:15 PM. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Westminster College art lecturer, Summer Zickefoose says Michalski will be on campus February 7 and 9 to work with students in the hand-building ceramics course and to give an artist lecture at the gallery reception. “I particularly encourage students to attend the gallery reception, as it is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the artist and ask questions about their work," says Zickefoose.

Elaina Michalski is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri where she teaches in the art department at Metropolitan Community College.  A native of Kansas City, she holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Multimedia Art, Ceramics, and Sculpture from the University of Florida. Her sculptures have been featured in Lark Books’ 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2 and The Figure in Clay and some of her awards include an Urban Culture Project Studio Residency through the Charlotte Street Foundation and an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant.

Michalski creates figurative sculptures ranging from small fired works for the home to life-size unfired figures in unique environments. Clay is Michalski’s material of choice for the figure because of the qualities it embodies in wet, dry, and fired states, which can represent the vulnerable and malleable stages in human life.

The Foster Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM.  The gallery hosts four to six exhibits annually, including work by Westminster students and faculty. Regional, national, and international artists are also brought to campus for exhibits and lectures.

For more information, contact Summer Zickefoose at 724-946-7267 or