Clarksville, Ark. --- Three University of the Ozarks art students will display their artwork in the university's Stephens Gallery during November and December.
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."
Ronnie Rauschenberger shows one of the pieces included in her "Dreamland" art exhibit.
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.”
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.