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Gallery of Art and Design Opens Fall Season with Three Exhibits

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 15, 2011) – The University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design will open the fall 2011 exhibit season with three new exhibits that will open to the public Aug. 18. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 18 as part of the Warrensburg Main Street’s “3rdsdays in the ‘Burg” celebration.

Main Gallery

Rita Blitt
Rita Blitt

 “Fear of War, Courage to Hope . . . While Dancing,” an exhibit by Kansas City area artist Rita Blitt, opens in the Main Gallery. Featuring 22 works of art, the exhibition includes paintings, drawing and sculptures that demonstrate Blitt’s versatility and strength across artistic media. Blitt’s work portrays her career-long theme of hurt, joy, hope, life, nature and, most importantly, “…all while dancing.” During her career, Blitt has completed more than 30 sculptures, displayed her work in numerous exhibitions and produced award-winning films.

Blitt’s exhibition coincides with the installation of her sculpture, “Fantasy,” on the lawn of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Previously displayed at the Bannister Mall complex in Kansas City, Mo., the sculpture was donated to UCM through the UCM Foundation with the assistance of Jan Leonard, senior vice president of UMB Bank in Kansas City and executive director of the Rita Blitt Foundation. The sculpture joins 14 sculptures on the UCM campus created by a variety of artists.

The public is invited to attend the dedication of “Fantasy” at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, on the north lawn of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Follow the dedication, the Gallery of Art and Design will host “Conversation,” an informal talk with Blitt and Jeremy Mikolajczak, director of the Gallery of Art and Design, at 2 p.m. in the Main Gallery.

Gallery 115


“parallel 26 yellow”
by Anne Lindberg

The works of Kansas City area artist Anne Lindberg will be on display in Gallery 115, also opening on Aug. 18. The exhibition is the first in a series of three solo artist exhibits to be presented this year as part of a series titled “Successu,” which translates from Latin to “in progress.”  “Successu” will present an in-depth look at the artistic process, from ideas to production, installation and finished work.

Lindberg’s exhibition of sculpture and drawings reflect the human response to the most basic understandings of life, including the need to speak about basic fears and compulsions. She has exhibited worldwide, and she is the recipient of numerous national and international professional awards. She was visiting artist residence and department chair at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and taught for nine years at the Kansas City Art Institute. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook.

Outer Gallery

Opening Aug. 18 in the Outer Gallery is a travelling exhibition of original art by the Society of Illustrators. Celebrating its thirtieth year as a showcase for children’s book illustrators, the exhibit features works seldom seen in publication. All 40 of the works in the exhibition were featured in the Original Art 2009 exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

The UCM Gallery of Art and Design is open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Groups are welcome. To learn more about the UCM Gallery of Art and Design, including upcoming exhibits, contact the gallery staff at 660-543-4498 or visit