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March 6, 2017



'Living With Tooflady,' a master's exhibition by Thea Meussling opens today in Chapman Gallery

By Thea Meussling

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Thea Meussling, a third-year graduate candidate in the art department, will present a master's exhibition in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall.

Meussling is a performance-based artist. She has developed an alter ego, Tooflady, to use as the protagonist for all of her work. The Mark A. Chapman Gallery will be transformed into Tooflady's place of residence. The artist will be present in the gallery, existing as Tooflady. 

Meussling's exhibition will spark interactions between Tooflady and the public. Tooflady's moments of living daily life will be ephemeral, existing only for and with the people present during that specific moment of time. Along with living her daily life, scheduled performances include:

• "Eating Tooflady's Eggs," a deviled egg eating competition, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. 

• "Tooflady Invites You!" to spend time with her in the evenings. One of these evening events gives you the chance to watch WrestleMania XIV with Tooflady at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Raffle events will be offered. One carton of eggs will purchase one raffle ticket. Ticket sales start at 4:30 p.m.

• The reception and performance, "Tooflady's House Party," will be from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Dress up or wear a costume. There will be food, dancing and games.

This exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts at K-State, and is funded in part by the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Small Grant Program.

The show contains performances that will be recorded. Commercial movie images will be projected on a small TV screen that contain brief periods of adult content. There may be other times when brief profanity is used. Therefore, the art department has issued a parental advisory and suggests that attendees are 18 years and older.

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