Seventeen graduate students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are exhibiting their art at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, Marysville, throughout the month of March. The exhibit, “Concurrence,” runs through Sunday, March 25.
The students are in the Master of Fine Arts program and are part of a graduate student club. The club consists of six ceramicists, five photographers, five painters, four printmakers, and one sculptor.
Members of the club come together to talk through problems they are experiencing with their art; additionally, they find ways to showcase their art in the community. They participate in small group shows throughout Lincoln, Nebr. where three or four members exhibit their work. Once a year the whole group participates in a larger exhibition like the one in Marysville.
The group came up with the title for the show, “Concurrence.”
“We wanted a title that describes that we all work on our own artwork within one location, but while we work separately we all face events and circumstances together because of our proximity to each other,” said Mallory Trecaso, one of the students. “This often comes across in our work with related themes.”
Erik White, a second-year student from Salt Lake City, Utah, is showing an oil on canvas painting, “Peace Out.” It’s his most recent painting and he feels it’s timely. The painting is a depiction of the peace sign originally designed by British artist Gerald Holtom in 1958. Holtom designed the symbol for the Campaign of Nuclear Disarmament by superimposing the semaphore letters “N” and “D” over each other.
White’s inspiration came from a scene from the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the film, while Murray and MacDowell are having drinks, Murray toasts to the groundhog. MacDowell retorts she always toasts to world peace. To win her affections Murray changes his toast to world peace.
“This scene was seminal to my idea,” White said. “I saw his ulterior motives when he made his toast as parallel to the changes in the peace sign. It’s lost its agency for change.”
White hopes his painting reminds people “we need to bring back the utopian idea of a world without war.”
The exhibition features paintings, photographs, ceramics, and sculptures.
The art center is open Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10-4 p.m.; Sundays from 1-4 p.m. For more information visit the group’s website marshallcountyarts.org.