Lexington, Ky.— Transient Narratives, a solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Transylvania University junior Kathleen Burke, is on exhibit in the Student
Gallery of the Shearer Art Building on Transylvania’s campus. The exhibition will run through Thursday, Nov. 6; gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during a reception for the artist on Saturday, Nov.1 from 4-6 p.m.
The pieces on display include two-dimensional mixed media, video, prints, and handmade books. The art was created during winter term 2008, when Burke studied at Firenze Arti Visive in Florence, Italy, and during the current term at Transylvania.
“The show is titled Transient Narratives because, for me, art is about telling a story,” said Burke. “In Italy, I kept having memories come back to me, and I
wrote them down and turned them into a “trip tik” of illustrated childhood memories and associated text that will be part of the exhibition.”
A “dream catcher” series abstractly represents the state of being when a dream catches hold, according to Burke. These images were made from ink, thread and paper.
Videos include a self portrait and “Boxed In,” which features two of Burke’s classmates in Italy.
Burke said that her study in Italy gave her confidence and made her think of herself as a true artist, instead of someone who does art just for fun.
A studio art major and art history minor, Burke is a William T. Young Scholar, a student orientation leader, Panhellenic recruitment counselor and volunteer at the Lexington Art League's Loudoun House Gallery.
Transylvania, founded in 1780, is the nation’s sixteenth oldest institution of higher learning and is consistently ranked in national publications as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.