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Gallery of Art and Design Hosts Three New Exhibits

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 19, 2013) –  The University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design presents three new exhibits planned for Feb. 21 through March 15.

Sarah Nguyen: My Dream Cain

Sarah Nguyen examines the fraternal relationship of brothers in a series of paintings that explore the blurring of identity that takes place within the structure of the family. Her unique method of painting in oils allows her to “deconstruct” a realistic image of her subject with linseed oil and turpentine into an abstract image, then reconstructing it to reach an ideal balance of the real and imagined.

Nguyen’s exhibits opens in Gallery 115. An opening reception is planned for 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Gallery 115.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Nguyen received an MFA in painting from the University of the Arts and currently teaches painting and illustration at UCM. Her work has appeared in more than 20 solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including galleries in Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

Matthew Shalin: Paper Engineer

Matthew Shalin works in the nebulous area between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, his work is rooted in commercial art and print media. He is collaborating with scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding in microscopic and nanoscopic scales.

Shalin’s exhibit opens in the Outer Gallery.

An MFA graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Shalin divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan, mocking up packaging options for companies like Procter and Gamble and Apple, and creating his own inspired paper art. He currently is working with researchers to utilize paper engineering as a way to understand the flexible nature of nano-structures.

Gig Posters: The Art of Adam Juresko and Todd Slater

The traditional gig poster publicized the shows played by rock bands. However, the art form as evolved, allowing the designers of these posters to pay homage to the art they love, including the books they grew up with, films, and they bands they revere.

Juresko is a freelance artist and designer out of Richmond, Va. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he was featured in the PBS web-original series, “Off Book.” Slater, from Austin, Texas, has designed limited edition tour posters for artists such as Morrissey, The Strokes, Muse, Mars Volta, The Beastie Boys, Modest Mouse and Radiohead.

In conjunction with the opening of the “Gig Posters: Adam Juresko and Todd Slater” in the Main Gallery, a screening of the film “Just Like Being There” is planned for 3 p.m. March 1 in Wood 100. The film’s director, Scout Shannon, and poster artist Eric Nyffeler of Doe Eyed in Lincoln, Neb., will attend.

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, visit, or contact the gallery at 660-543-4498.