January 4 – February 22, 2018
Reception: Thursday, January 4 • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided by NAC Ladies Guild
Portraits have always had a powerful grasp on my imagination. It is the idea of duration – or earthly immortality – that gives such a mysterious interest to the painted portrait. Studying the history of portraiture techniques has allowed me the ability to begin to integrate those concepts into relevant contemporary narratives.
My son Henry’s diagnosis has been the motivation behind my series of portraits “Many Faces of Neurofibromatosis (NF)”. Through this series of paintings, I am the conduit, transforming genetic complications into something secondary and portraying the individual personalities first. Using social media as a connection, I hope to raise funds, educate, and ideally find a cure for NF.
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Rachel Mindrup, is a professional artist and Resident Assistant Professor at Creighton University. She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska – Kearney and then continued with atelier studies at the Art Academy of Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her current painting practice is about the study of the figure and portraiture in contemporary art and its relation to medicine.
Mindrup’s client list includes: Kiewit Corporation, Boys Town, Creighton University, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Her artwork is held in many private collections including those of Primatologist Jane Goodall and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The mission of my work is to promote the visceral. With my pieces I want you to get a sense of a practical–yet beautiful reality. My hope is to lure you from across the room. I want you to be seduced into asking questions ranging from the story behind the piece to the aesthetics of it. I’m interested in making clay into an object intended to deceive the viewer into believing it is the object itself: a greasy oil can well-worn and stained but has never seen a day’s work. My ceramic oil cans are made in the trompe l’oeil style, intended to give a convincing illusion of reality.
Kelly Rush is a native Nebraskan born in Axtell, Nebraska. Her art reflects the practicality and simplistic beauty of her rural upbringing. Working in sculpture, she explores the role of objects found in the home, on the farm and in nature. Her goal is to magnify the beauty of those objects while depicting them in a unique way by using clay as her medium.
Kelly works with low-fire earthenware that she glazes with Terra Sigillata, one of the oldest forms of glazing. Terra Sig is a colored clay that is brushed on the piece before the first firing. Once fired, oxides are used to stain the piece to add more depth and to further the process, mineral washes are added, such as soda ash and Borax.
She has also been part of NET Television, Nebraska’s public television station for over 31 years, working in many aspects of production, including television camera operator, production assistant for many local and national documentaries, and now as Senior Promotion Producer. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her on-air promotional work and has been honored at several film festivals for her short films. Recently she co-produced the half hour documentary “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine”. Self-taught artist Emery Blagdon is known by art collectors as a man with boundless visionary creativity — an artist of great significance. “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine” was broadcast on the NET Network and also nationally on PBS. And it continues to be shown on PBS stations throughout the country and international on the web.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and has studied ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.