Student artwork to be displayed in the Stephens Gallery

Release Date: 11/17/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- Three University of the Ozarks art students will display their artwork in the university's Stephens Gallery during November and December.

Jessie Heidelberg with one of the pieces from her upcoming exibit.

Senior art major Jessie Heidelberg shows one of the pieces she will display in her exhibt, Me Defined.

Works by Jessie Heidelberg will be on display from November 29 through December 6.  The exhibit, entitled Me Defined, includes paintings and sculptures Heidelberg describes as "fantasy-based self-portraits."

"I have always loved the mythical aspects of life and imagination," she said. "I chose self-portraits because I have a fascination with my appearance -- I place my image in different environments, some fantasy, some actual places. My fantasy environments are an escape into another world where the limitations of reality and daily toils don’t exist. Instead wonder and enchantment exists. This is a world where anything could happen."

There will be a reception to meet Heidelberg from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, in the Stephens Gallery.

Daydreams and Nightmares will feature work by artists Ronni Rauschenberger and Kenny Millsap. The show opens December 9 and runs through December 16.

Ronni Rauschenberger shows one of the pieces from her art show, Dreamland.

Ronnie Rauschenberger shows one of the pieces included in her "Dreamland" art exhibit.

Described as having a "hippie" flavor, Rauschenberger's works are a mix of paintings, ceramic pieces, and sculptures. “’Dreamland’ is my theme,” said Rauschenberger. “It involves vivid colors – with some nature-y aspects – and things that make me happy. There’s also a feminist dimension, since it involves welding and other things that girls aren’t ‘supposed to do’.”

Millsap's work, a mixture of digital 2D pieces and sculptures, reflects a darker influence.

"The most prominent artists who have influenced my work are H. R. Giger, Jamie Hewlett and Francis Bacon," explains Millsap. "The definition of mankind is arbitrary when viewed from an evolutionary perspective. Every species is gradually changing over time, and transitioning ever so slightly. No species abruptly appears on the scene. Humans can be said to have lived on earth anywhere from a quarter to half a million years. People have not existed for even a million years. I wonder what our descendents would look like in 10 million years. My work reflects these interests.”

Kenny Millsap's work from Daydreams and Nightmares.

Kenny Millsap shows two pieces that will be included in his art exhibit.

There will be a reception at the gallery for Rauschenberger and Millsap on Monday, December 13, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Stephens Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is no cost for admission. For more information on the exhibit, please call the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at 479-979-1349.