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Gallery of Art and Design Presents Three New Exhibits

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 22, 2013) – The University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design opens the spring semester with three new exhibits planned for Jan. 23-Feb. 15.

Tanya Alexia Hollander: Are You Really My Friend?

Photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander examines the social dynamics of the world of Facebook friendships in the Outer Gallery with her exhibit “Tanja Alexia Hollander: Are You Really My Friend?” Hollander is interested in how we define friendship and who we let into our private, yet very public online lives. Through a series of portraits of her Facebook friends in their homes, she creates an exploration of American culture, relationships, economy and class and society networking as it relates to community building.

A native of St. Louis, Hollander earned a degree in photography and feminist studies from Hampshire College and currently resides in Maine. “Are You Really My Friend?’ recently was exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally at galleries in New York City and Boston, and has twice has been selected for the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, winning a purchase prize in 2007. In 2009 she was chosen for a month-long residency at the La Napoule art foundation in La Napoule, France.

Hollander will be on campus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 to discuss her work in the Outer Gallery.

HACK: Pictures from a Chicago Cab

“HACK: Pictures from a Chicago Cab,” an exhibit of drawings by Dmitry Samarov, will be featured in the Main Gallery. The paintings are featured in his book, “HACK,” which documents his experiences as a cab driver in Chicago. An artist and painter trained at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Samarov began driving a cab in 1993 to make ends meet. His exhibit recounts tales that will delight, surprise and sometimes shock.

Samarov will read from “HACK” and discuss his artwork at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Main Gallery.

John Lynch: A Life in Art and Design

The work of the late John Lynch, longtime professor of art and design in the UCM Department of Art and Design, will be featured in the exhibit “John Lynch: A Life of Art and Design” in Gallery 115.

The exhibit of Lynch’s varied works will celebrate the establishment of the John W. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund through the UCM Foundation. An opening reception for the exhibit is planned for 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in Gallery 115.

After his service in Vietnam, Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree from UCM began his career as a commercial and freelance artist. He joined the UCM faculty in 1984 and earned his MFA degree from Syracuse University. He taught, mentored and inspired his students throughout his 28 year career, gaining the reputation as a tough teacher who also prepared his students well for successful careers.

The UCM Gallery of Art and Design, located at 217 E. Clark St., is open to the public, free of charge, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday when school is in session. For information about upcoming exhibitions, contact the gallery at 660-543-4498.