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Liminal Spaces- Kelsey Willits Gallery Reception
January 30 @ 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Join us and the Kansas Union Gallery in our first reception of spring 2019! Liminal Spaces, put together by senior Kelsey Willits. Willits bio can be found below:
Kelsey Willits was born in 1997 in Taegu, South Korea. At a young age, Willits was relocated as an international adoptee to the United States where she found her home in the Midwest. Willits grew up on a farm in the rural countryside of Oskaloosa, KS. She spent much of her childhood outdoors, where began her appreciation for ecology and nature. Willits is currently completing her BFA in Visual Art with a Journalism and Art History Minor at the University of Kansas, where she intends to graduate in May 2019. During her undergraduate, Willits began to read the works of naturalists such as Aldo Leopold and Liberty Hyde Bailey. Her ecological investigations would soon conceptually inform her process and sculpture. She began to experiment with materials, incorporating grass and wood ash into her work. Willits embraces the social practice of art in her local community and seeks to share her passion for the environment with others. Currently, Willits resides in Lawrence, KS, where she references the biodiversity of the landscape as influences in her art.
Willits has received numerous awards such as the Undergraduate Certificate in Research Experience, Undergraduate Travel Award, Amsden Award, Donna Geier Scholarship, Dorris Carey Scholarship, Dorothy H. Johnson Memorial Scholarship, and Roger N. Wooldridge Memorial Scholarship. Recently, Willits received the a2ru Scholar Award and a2ru Student Travel Grant. Her work has been exhibited in Chalmers Gallery and the Beren Petroleum Center at the University of Kansas, Lawrence Public Library, and Lawrence Creates Makerspace in Lawrence, Kansas. Following the completion of her undergraduate, Willits plans to move to the Northeast and attend graduate school to study art and social ecology.