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Alumna’s drawings will open 2016-2017 Creighton gallery exhibitions

The drawings of Creighton alumna Kristin Pluhacek, BFA'90, will open the gallery season at the Lied Education Center for the Arts from Sept. 9 to Oct. 9.Drawings of Creighton University alumna and artist Kristin Pluhacek, BFA’90, will be the subject of the first exhibition of the academic year at the Lied Education Center for the Arts Gallery, running Sept. 9 through Oct. 9. An artist reception is planned Friday, Sept. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Pluhacek’s work is marked by a vibrancy and depth, along with a playful line between the real, tangible subject of a drawing and a more ambiguous, lyrical conception of it.

“The thing that I am drawing is always the most real thing to me,” Pluhacek said. “[…] Most of the drawings in this show were made over a period of one year, and as part of the continuous experience of my life. In order to shed the narrative language of the everyday and fully experience the things as I drew them, I often visually warmed up with quick, small drawings made on scraps of my regular drawing papers. When grouped together in this gallery, I think that they make a powerful statement about the beauty of the inconsequential. Powerful enough that they seemed to demand the complement of the larger charcoal wall drawing I’ve made opposite the grouping in the gallery. Here I’ve traded permanence for scale as a way of celebrating the experience of making.”

Exhibited in galleries, museums and private and public collections throughout the Midwest, Pluhacek’s work has appeared in such venues as parks, community centers, banks, university campuses and Lauritzen Gardens. In 2008, her “Reach for Your Dreams,” a collaboration between Mutual of Omaha, Campfire USA and the US Swimming Association, served as a centerpiece for the Olympic Swim Trials held in Omaha. She is the illustrator of the book Send Me Tulips and designed the set for Raskol, one of five plays produced in the 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playfest.

Pluhacek is a roster artist for the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in Schools/Communities program and a drawing instructor at Metropolitan Community College. To visit Pluhacek’s website for a look at her work, click here.

Gallery hours at the Lied Education Center for the Arts are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visitor parking is located west of the Lied Education Center for the Arts and is accessed from Cass Street.

All Department of Fine and Performing Arts events are funded, in part, by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment Fund for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund and other anonymous sources.

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