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Award-Winning Recent Grad Shows in Big Rapids

Posted January 14, 2013 in Alumni

Ferris State University students and Big Rapids community members will have the opportunity to view various works of art during upcoming exhibits at Ferris' Rankin Art Gallery.

“These exhibits are important, because very few places display art in Big Rapids,” said gallery assistant Diane Cleland, who noted admission is free.

The gallery opens its winter season on Monday, Jan. 14 with “Gray Areas; Doubts,” a solo exhibition by Kendall MFA alum Megan Klco. Klco, who earned a master’s degree in fine arts in December, created the collection of large oil paintings for her thesis exhibition.

Klco is the inaugural winner of the Excellence in Art Purchase Award, an art competition that recognizes the strength of MFA student artwork. The award was instituted by Ferris, Kendall and the Rankin Art Gallery in cooperation with the Humanities Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. The university purchases the winning piece for display on the Big Rapids campus, and the artist also is offered a solo exhibition at the gallery.

Klco won for her oil on canvas “Point of Dissolution.” (View Klco’s artist statement and the work here. Klco’s exhibit runs through Tuesday, Jan. 29; an artist reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Learn more about Klco, and view her work here.