Wayne State Invites Public To Opening Of Three-Week Art Gallery

WAYNE – An opening reception for the exhibition of Oops!/Everyday is by artists Diana Behl and Andrew Kosten is set for Wednesday, February 28 from the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery.

Located in the Conn Library, from the gallery will host the reception between 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with an artist’s talk from 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. in Gardner Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

The show itself runs through March 21.

According to a release from Wayne State College, using contrasting media and themes, Behl and Kosten of Brookings, S.D. will present a thought-provoking exhibit. Behl mixes printmaking with collage and drawing. Behl’s work animates curiosity and spontaneity in a world eager for order.

Kosten’s printmaking draws attention to the artists’ views toward the oddities of a complacent public consciousness. Kosten’s common themes include the influence of the corrupt over the unsuspecting, the whimsical nature of the human psyche and the relationship of humans to culture or environment. Both artists intend to achieve a satirical and lighthearted result.

Behl holds an MFA and MA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, and a BFA in two-dimensional and design studies from Bowling Green State University. She serves as Assistant Professor in the School of Design at South Dakota State University. Behl has been awarded as the 2017-18 College of Arts and Sciences Art Museum Scholar. Her works have been exhibited at Greenleaf Gallery at Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City; and the South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, S.D. and featured in Maake magazine and Art in Print.

Kosten received a BFA in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota. He has taught drawing and printmaking at the University of Southern Indiana and Middle Tennessee State University. Kosten specializes in intaglio and lithographic print media at his studio, Gum Pal Press. He exhibits nationally and internationally. His work is featured in numerous public and private collections.

For more information, contact Pam Hanson at 402-375-7359 or pahanso1@wsc.edu.