Kettering to feature student artists

Nov 3, 2006

Kettering University's Humanities Art Gallery Task Force announces a Student Art Show Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4-6 p.m. in the institution's Humanities Art Gallery, 3rd floor of the Academic Building.

Kettering University's Humanities Art Gallery Task Force and Dept. of Liberal Studies will sponsor the Student Art Show Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4-6 p.m. in the school's Humanities Art Gallery.

This art show is one of several fine and performing arts events established by the task force. Member of this task force include:

  • Dr. Laura Miller-Purrenhage, assistant professor of Liberal Studies and task force director;
  • Dr. Karen Wilkinson, head of the Liberal Studies Dept.;
  • Dr. Denise Stodola, assistant professor of Communications;
  • Dr. Badri Rao, associate professor of Liberal Studies;
  • Dr. David Golz, assistant professor of Humanities; and
  • Dr. Corine Coniglio, assistant professor of Liberal Studies.

For this art show, Miller-Purrenhage, who also served as the lead planner for this exhibition, said that the department received more than 50 submissions, of which 30 earned selection for display in the gallery. "There are quite a few talented artists among our student population, many of whom are engineering and business majors," she said.

The exhibition will be judged by representatives on the task force, which means that submission had to pass a set of criteria to be considered for the show. Students are eligible to win a $100 first prize and prizes of $50 for both second and third place. Miller-Purrenhage said that the work will remain on display in the gallery until the middle of the winter 2007 term. During the summer 2006 term, the Liberal Studies Dept. hosted a week of performing arts in the gallery, which include poetry readings, a talk by a local playwright and art shows. These events drew more than 150 faculty, staff and students to the Humanities Art Gallery and highlighted the importance of exposingKettering University students to the richness ofthe arts, given the intensity of the University's academic program.

The Liberal Studies Dept. also produces a journal of student literature and art titled "The Muse," which is published once a year. Coniglio serves as adviser and main editor for this publication, which is in its fifth year. This four-color journal is highly regarded and offers yet another opportunity for students to engage in artistic expression through various forms.

The Nov. 8 Student Art Show will also include light refreshments, provided by Good Beans Cafe of Flint, Mich. To learn more about this event, contact Laura Miller-Purrenhage at (810) 762-9538, or via email at

Written by Gary Erwin
(810) 762-9538