UC Merced Connect: Art show showcases campus talent

April 2, 2013 

UC Merced artists are sharing their best work this semester in the eighth annual Bobcat Art Show.

The exhibit runs through May 2 and entries can be seen at the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library and the UC Merced Art Gallery in the Social Sciences and Management Building, room 106.

"The Bobcat Art Show is a chance to appreciate all the artistic talent we have on campus, which includes students, faculty and staff," exhibition manager Gail Benedict said.

The opening reception for the art show will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the gallery.

The art exhibited includes mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Like last year, students from Professor ShiPu Wang's curatorial studies course will assist in the show's installation and judging.

Kelly McNeil, who is set to graduate in May with a management degree, decided to enter the art show with her piece "Missionary to the Mole: Emily Dickinson" after taking two classes last semester.

In Professor Katherine Brokaw's literature course, McNeil learned about Dickinson and was inspired to paint a portrait. She was also in lecturer Karen LeCocq's painting class, which gave her the skills to undertake the acrylic painting.

"I am proud of the journey that I undertook to produce this piece," McNeil said. "It may not be the best, but I truly love the result, and hope others will see and be inspired by my art and by Emily Dickinson."

Student work entered in the exhibit could win best student artist awards in the categories of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and digital media, and mixed media.

"For many participants, this is the first time they have shown their art to the public. It is an invaluable experience for them," Benedict said.

The free art show -- presented by the UC Merced Art Gallery, Arts UC Merced Presents and the UC Merced Library -- is open to the public. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Authors set to speak

A pioneering American novelist and a former California poet laureate will be the keynote speakers at two April events being organized by graduate students and faculty in world cultures.

John Rechy has written 15 books, including 1963's "City of Night," which explored the gay hustling subculture in Los Angeles. Rechy, whose work has played an important role in gay and Chicano literature, will be the keynote speaker at "50 Years of City of Night: New Perspectives on the Work of John Rechy." His talk will be at 5:30 p.m. April 5 in the Classroom and Office Building, room 105.

Al Young has written 22 books and twice received the American Book Award. He was appointed California's poet laureate in 2005 and served until 2008. Young will be the keynote speaker at "From Monadism to Nomadism: A Hybrid Approach to Cultural Productions," a conference April 12-13. His talk will be at 4 p.m. April 12 in the California Room.

Both events are funded by UC Merced's Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts, and open to the public.

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