By Bronwyn Mroczkowski
Tired of sitting in your room staring at your computer screen and textbooks? Looking for an exciting visual experience to refresh your weary eyes and inspire your crammed brain?
During the spring semester, MVNU’s Schnormeier Gallery, located in the Buchwald Center, has an exciting season in store, showcasing a fascinating variety of work by innovative artists.
The current exhibit featured in the gallery showcases the insightful and versatile painter Walter King, a central Ohio artist. As well as being an artist, King has taught at Columbus College of Art and Design since 1985. King chiefly uses the medium of oil painting in his work as well as spray paint and stenciling.
The inspiration for King’s paintings spans from current events and media to daydreams and personal experiences. King’s “pieces are intended to evoke an inspiration from his audience that motivates then to accept their own interpretations of art, embracing what they feel,” states his website http://www.absolutearts. com/walterking.
King’s work has been featured and recognized both in the United States. and nationally. His show, titled “Retrospective,” will run Feb. 4 to March 5, with the reception on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Viewing the work of other artists can be an inspirational experience for both art students and those in other disciplines. Freshman art major, Elizabeth Bowles, says, “I think viewing outside artists work is a breath of fresh air. The art students see what their classmates and professors make on a daily basis.
Seeing something from the ‘outside world’ will bring in questions and new ideas. Even if you aren’t an art student, they are very interesting. It could open up a whole new world of thought for you.”
Seeing other artists’ work can allow students to experience art forms that they would not normally be exposed to. Senior Spanish major Josh Smith said, “I like to see all the different media used by the artist. It is really cool to hear what influences the artist has that are incorporated into their artwork.”
Having a gallery to exhibit the work of artists involves students and the surrounding community with the MVNU art department. Heather Davidson, sophomore graphic design and art double major, said “I find that [art exhibits] greatly involve the community with MVNU. Especially with the senior shows, they can come look at just what we are doing in our new art building.”
The Schnormeier Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.