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Trio of studio arts seniors will stage exhibition, April 13 to 29

Works from three Creighton University candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree will be the featured exhibition at the Lied Education Center for the Arts Gallery, April 13 through April 29.

Summer Khalil, Leo Rosas Vickers and Mary Kate Costello will share their final pieces created as Creighton students in the thesis exhibition, beginning with an opening reception Friday, April 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. More on each artistís exhibition follows.

An Eternal Breath by Summer Khalil
Khalilís drawings and paintings find inspiration in her cultural heritage and her travels abroad, especially in Lebanon and Turkey. Working to create an allegorical narrative exploring identity, her work creates a world that lures an urban civilization back to nature, employing mythological figures placed amidst modern imagery. An Omaha native and a Grace Keenan Scholar in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Khalil has devoted her artistic talents in meaningful ways through donations of her work to Youth Emergency Services in Omaha.

The Power of Will by Leo Rosas Vickers
Animation brings to life Rosas Vickersí project of shining a light on mental illness and internal struggle. Color, style changes, character design and their own personal struggle all figure into Rosas Vickersí work in delving into depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and the quest to be oneís own true, authentic self. Rosas Vickers is a native of Sacramento, California, who initially came to Creighton on the EMS Pre-Medicine track but eventually landed in the studio art program. Following graduation, Rosas Vickers will intern at the The Union for Contemporary Art.

Building Connections by Mary Kate Costello
Finding peace, wholeness and empowerment through friends, family and nature is central to the prints and paintings Costello creates. With a sense of movement and the use of vibrant colors, she works in an Impressionistic style influenced by Utagawa Hiroshige and Vincent Van Gogh. Her use of Voronoi tessellation and fractal branching are a design inspiration expressing the interconnectedness of natural forms in a social environment. An Omaha native, Costello focuses on insects, plants and animals in their various environments. Lied Art Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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