Unique Installation at KWU Shares Medical Experiences Through Art

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SPECIAL EVENT: First Friday Reception, March 3, 5–7 p.m. The artists, KWU Professors, Lori Wright and Neil Ward will be present at the reception to discuss their work.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

The Gallery at Kansas Wesleyan University will be featuring an art installation by KWU Art and Design professors, Lori Wright and Neil Ward. This installation titled, “The Exam,” explores an inner world of emotion and attachment within the medical exam room. The exhibit opens on February 20 and run through March 29. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment.

In this unique installation featuring sculpture, drawings, 3D printing and LED lighting, the viewer is invited to explore the interplay of the mind and body and to connect to a story many have experienced, but few have shared. The average patient will see 18 to 28 doctors in a lifetime. In the U.S. there are 125.7 million hospital visits and 928.6 million doctor visits. This is not an exhibition; it is an experience. This work is inspired by the artists’ individual experiences with and feelings about the medical system.

The public is invited to the First Friday Reception on Friday, March 3 from 3–7 p.m. in the Gallery. The artists will be present, and refreshments will be provided.

Lori Wright is an associate professor of Art and the Chair of the Art and Design Department at KWU. Wright earned a BFA from Emporia State University with a photography concentration and an MFA with a drawing concentration from Kansas State University. Prior to arriving at Kansas Wesleyan in 2008, she taught at Cloud County Community College, Emporia State University and Kansas State University. Working in multimedia, including drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, Wright has exhibited her work locally, regionally and nationally earning numerous awards and honors.

Neil Ward, assistant professor of Art at KWU, earned a B.A. in Computer Art and Ceramics from College of the Ozarks, (Missouri) and an MFA from Nottingham Trent University in England. Formerly he taught at Cloud County Community College, Kansas State University and John Brown University (Arkansas), as well as the University of The Nations in England. Having spent time studying abroad, Ward has participated in exhibits and workshops both nationally and internationally and shares his knowledge of graphic design, digital modeling and 3D printing with the Art and Design Department at Kansas Wesleyan.