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June 14, 2019

Professor's 'The Earl Project' veterans art exhibition opens Sunday in Lindsborg

Submitted by Geraldine K. Craig

The Earl Project exhibition poster at Bethany College

"The Earl Project," a workshop and exhibition of mixed media works by veterans, soldiers and their families created by Geraldine Craig, professor of art at K-State will be presented by the Bethany College Department of Art and Mingenback Art Gallery in Lindsborg.

"The Earl Project" exhibition opening reception is 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Mingenback Art Gallery. Jim Turner, photographer, Bethany College photography instructor and veteran, will participate by photographing veterans and their families during the exhibition opening reception. There is no cost and it is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

The free art workshop for veterans, soldiers and family members is from 1-4 p.m. June 16.

The Earl Project art workshops invites veterans, military members and their families to creatively share their stories of service. Specifically, participants utilize a variety of "burn-out" techniques that require no previous art experience. Workshops participants are encouraged to bring in personal items that represent their experience in the military, such as photos, documents, letters, and used clothing. People can use techniques involving photocopies, fire, bleaching and printmaking to make a collage. The collage works are photocopied onto fabric and veterans can take the work home and add it to a community war stories cloth scroll referencing the Bayeux Tapestry.

Everyone is invited to register for the workshop in advance via the project website.

The exhibition continues through Aug. 23. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.

The project is funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Additional funding was provided by the Kansas State University Small Research Grant and Department of Art. Thanks also to our partners: the Kansas State University Institute for the Health & Security of Military Families, Manhattan Art Center, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and Mingenback Art Center at Bethany College.

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