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“Potpourri: A Mixture of Incongruous or Disparate Elements” showcases the diversity of artist, Lee Becker’s work and is currently featured at The Gallery at Sams Hall of Fine Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University. Becker is a Lindsborg studio artist working in oil, watercolor, acrylic, egg tempera, sculpture and printmaking.  She is best known for her works on endangered animal breeds, the state’s natural landscape and skies, portraits and the human figure, anything with wings and plays on words.

Becker’s cultural experiences and travel, including trips to India, have influenced her body of work. Recently, her work has focused on a lifelong fascination with animals, including rare breeds, farm animals and wild animals that are endangered by hunting and lack of habitat.  Becker delights in organic form, color and texture. “The animals have their beings and purpose.  When I paint them,” she said, “I try to render them as much as possible in life size and in a way that emphasizes the physical mass of their bodies. I consider the sentient presence of these creatures.  I want to achieve the same feeling that I experience when in close proximity to them- their eyes, even their breathing.”

A life-long Kansan, Becker graduated from Bethany in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Art Education and then began her career of more than 25 years teaching at all levels of formal education, privately and for non-profit organizations.  Becker’s work has been exhibited in more than 35 private shows and 70 group, invitational and juried exhibitions, including the Kansas Masters Invitational and a career retrospective at the Birger Sanzen Memorial Art Gallery.  In 1999, Becker continued her education by earning a Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking from Fort Hays State University.  She was presented with the Lindsborg Arts Council’s Artist of the Year award in 2015.

 August 18-September 11, 2015

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FOR MORE INFORMATION – Contact Peggy Medina, Gallery Director at peggy.medina@kwu.edu or call 785-833-4383