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NKU Department of Visual Arts

Northern Kentucky University is pleased to announce the opening of “BFA Studio Senior Exhibitions” in the Main and Third Floor Galleries of the Fine Arts Center. The artists will give gallery talks on Thursday, April 16, starting at 3:30 p.m. The reception will immediately follow from 5 – 7 p.m. The exhibition will continue until Friday, May 8th. The reception and exhibition is free and open to the public.

Seniors exhibiting in the Main Gallery include: Tyler Griese (painting), Katie Lipps-Hurrier (photography), John David Richardson (photography), Kyrstin Riggs (ceramic installation), Emma Thompson (art history), Denise Wellbrock (drawing), and Emily Wiethorn (photography). Seniors exhibiting in the Third Floor Gallery include Hanna Knapp (ceramic installation), and Jacob Kruer (video installation).

Tyler Griese’s exhibition, “Shared Self, Worlds Apart,” will consist of five figurative paintings that connect the viewer to the interconnected nature of the human condition. Tyler has received numerous awards, scholarships and grants, and has exhibited at Covington Arts, Manifest Gallery, and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.

Katie Lipps-Hurrier exhibition, “Fabricate,” is a series of photographs in which the world has become only vaguely familiar. “The images will show a surreal world that has familiarity to make it welcoming and intriguing for the viewer to explore more,” she said. All images are printed in large scale to invite the audience and capture their attention.

John David Richardson's exhibition, “Safe and Sound,” is a series of 13 photographs showcasing private moments of individuals. Last year John received a “Summerfair Emerging Artist” award and this year was awarded in the Northern Kentucky University annual Juried Student Exhibition.

Kyrstin Riggs exhibition, “The Memory, The Land and The Lost,” is a photography and ceramic installation about the fear of losing one’s home. The exhibition addresses how her own family’s home is being threatened by hydraulic fracturing underneath their land. The intimate installation will contain hand built ceramic trees painted white with photographs projected on them.

Emma Thompson’s off-campus exhibition, “Moby Dick in the Arts,” is installed in the Covington branch of the Kenton County library and will feature 20 years of Moby Dick art by NKU students. Emma also has produced a catalog and that will be on sale for a donation at the Northern Kentucky University reception and the Kenton County library reception on Monday, April 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Denise Wellbrock’s exhibition, “Blue Guardian,” will feature figurative and still life charcoal drawings. Denise has exhibited frequently in the area and has received numerous scholarships.

Emily Wiethorn’s exhibition, “Revive/A Self-Portrait Series,” will feature 13 self-portrait photographs in varying locations. Emily has received various awards for her photographs as an NKU student.

Jake Kruer’s exhibition, “Serenity,” will feature a video installation in the Third Floor Gallery. Two video projections—“Insanity” and “Serenity”—will face each other, one signifying a struggle with addiction and the other representing addiction recovery. Jake has exhibited his video and performance pieces at the Contemporary Arts Center, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and Sandra Small Gallery.

The Third Floor gallery will be split into two separate spaces for the two senior artists exhibiting. The other senior exhibiting is Hanna Knapp, whose exhibition will feature multiple small ceramic figurines mounted on the wall and in a dimly lit and dark gallery space. Each figurine will have its own identity and color.

The Main Gallery and Third Floor Gallery are each located in the Fine Arts Center at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Parking is available in the Welcome Center Garage. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Main Gallery is closed on major holidays and weekends. Admission is free.

For more information, contact David Knight at 859-572-5148, or email