‘Capturing Confluence’ splash photography exhibit on display

Mount Mercy University's Janalyn Hanson White Gallery will showcase the work of Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy, M.F.A., during a special exhibit titled, "Capturing Confluence," which highlights Hagy's award-winning splash photography.

The exhibit will run September 30 – November 2. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Kathryn Hagy"I have long been fascinated by pattern and rhythm in nature, which manifest themselves in the phenomena of my work via movement through air, space and fluid," says Hagy, whose recent travels to Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar helped shape much of her work for this exhibit.

"In Nepal's mix of Hinduism and Buddhism, transience, transition and impermanence play central roles in every aspect of life and death. Because my splashes are ephemeral and suggest ritual narratives, my photographs are an attempt to capture the transitory," she says.

Hagy is a professional artist born in The Dalles, Oregon and who grew up in the Pacific Northwestern United States. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received the Award of Excellence in Printmaking.

Hagy recently received a 2010 Fulbright Award for research and teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal, as well as a 2011 South/Central Asia Regional Travel Award to Colombo, Sri Lanka. In addition, she has received fellowships and grants from the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, the Manhattan Graphics Center, and the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

At Mount Mercy, Hagy teaches drawing, printmaking, art history and art appreciation. The primary focus of her recent artwork is an ongoing series of water images that explore natural phenomena.

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery serves as a special venue to showcase regional and national artists, students' capstone projects, the local talent of area high schools, and many other exhibitors. Thanks to an endowment from the Tim and Jan White Family, the Gallery has been renovated and offers enhanced exhibition space. The gallery has month-long exhibitions of nationally and regionally known artists who apply years in advance to exhibit in the gallery. Visiting artists often come to meet with students and give lectures during the exhibit's opening reception. In recent months, exhibitions of painting, drawing, digital video interactive works, installation, fiber arts, printmaking, sculpture and video by artists from New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Mexico, and London have been on display in the gallery.

The Janalyn Hanson White Gallery is open:
Monday – Friday | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Viewings outside of normal business hours can be arranged by checking out a gallery key from the University Center Information Desk, or by calling 319-363-8213. 

The Capturing Confluence exhibit is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts

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