Late art professor’s work on display

The artwork of a late SHSU art professor will be on display in three art exhibits around campus through Sept. 30.The works of Ken Zonker, who taught in the art department for 37 years, will be on exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery in Art Building F, the SOFA Gallery in Art Building A and the LSC Art Gallery in the Lowman Student Center. Zonker died last spring.The art on display includes drawings, collages and paintings spanning from the 1960s through the 80s, beginning with Zonker’s artwork from his days as a student at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Berkeley.Zonker traveled to various locations around the world, was also an avid bicyclist and spent part of childhood in Argentina. Many of the images depicted in art include his experiences abroad.All of the artwork being displayed will be on sale. The Zonker family plans to use the money to establish an art scholarship at SHSU.In a release to TODAY@SAM, Professor Michael Henderson of the art department spoke about Zonker’s artistic style.”These are highly crafted, colorful images of light as it refracts and reflects in and around transparent glass objects such as bottles of ink and colored marbles,” he said.Art at the SOFA Gallery include still-life paintings, a line sketch drawing and various abstract art. The two most expensive pieces are a portrait titled “Woman with Red and Blue Top” and an abstract piece named “Moonflower Derivative #1″. Both pieces start at $250.”He was very energetic,” said junior Melissa Ackley, an art major, “(He) loved nature. A master of color.”A reception will be held in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery on Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.”The exhibits are a rare opportunity to see the entire life’s work of an excellent artist,” said Henderson.

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