USD Main Gallery to feature ‘Photos, Words, and Robots’

VERMILLION, S.D. -- “Photos, Words, and Robots,” a student art exhibit crossing a multitude of different disciplines and media, will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, April 14-17.

Students Justin Brunick, Matt Heller and Patrick Kern combine their talents to display photos that come off the wall and become real; words that take shape in three dimensional forms; and sculptures of robots that become characters.

Brunick, an art education and photography major from Yankton, S.D., uses photography as a visual diary, allowing viewers to see a visual representation of his feelings and ideas as seen through his eyes. He believes his desire to share those moments are what drove him to ultimately become a teacher. Heller, a graphic design major from Armour, S.D., hopes to push his artwork to exciting and uncharted territories using everything from photography to graphic design to works in the third dimension. Kern, a sculpture major, uses imagery such as robots to personify human emotions and other concepts with a strong sense of whimsy he gets from his own character. Kern, from Rapid City, S.D., plans to further his education in sculpture and to continue to create art.

A reception for the student artists is scheduled for Friday, April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open at no cost to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Tours and special showings during non-public hours are available upon request. For more information about this exhibition, please contact Art Galleries Director Eddie Welch at (605) 677-3177 or e-mail Eddie.Welch@usd.edu.