Visual Art Seminar

Nebraska artist shares Beauty in the Mundane

by Ashley Janky - Panther Press

Susan HartNebraska artist Susan Hart will be visiting York College campus this school year on four separate Saturday afternoons, offering a “hands on” workshop for any students interested in the visual arts.  The workshops, titled Beauty in the Mundane, will be held on October 3, November 14, February 20, and March 6, each session lasting two hours. 

These workshops will consist discussions concerning three artistic elements--explore, create and encourage.  Through exploring, Hart wants students to gain an appreciation for art through viewing it and being able to discuss it.  Then students will have time to creatively express themselves through the use of art materials.  She also wants to encourage students’ artistic talents by leaving a time open to foster their creativity during these workshops. 

Working alongside Hart on this project has been Dr. Clark Roush, chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. 

“These workshops were set up in an effort to provide extended and purposeful opportunities for our campus and community to experience the world of visual art,” says Roush.  “I know there are students who are gifted in this area, and it has been largely ignored over the past few years.  Now we have a venue where those who have a passion for visual art can explore that as part of their York experience.”    

Hart’s art has received several awards, and her art works are included in both private and corporate collections.  She is frequently featured at the Burkholder Project in Lincoln. She is now sharing her gift with others through these workshops by helping people explore their artistic creativity.

When asked about her work, Hart says, “The first five words in the Bible are very inspiring to me, In the beginning God created.  He did not have to create the universe, and all that is in it, he chose to create it.” 

She believes that “Creativity is standard equipment in humans, and the question should not be why people make art, but rather why they do not.” 

Hart originally grew up in Gibbon, NE.  She attended Kearney State College (today’s UNK) where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1981.  She taught in the Dawson County rural schools for 17 years and continues to teach children’s workshops for the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney.  Hart now lives in Cozad with her husband Jim, who is a farmer and a rancher.  They have two daughters, Emily Hart Stinger who lives in Omaha, and Elise Hart who is a senior here at York College.     

Hart encourages everyone to “come to the workshops and use your gift of imagination.”  The workshops will be held from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, on the second floor of the Mackey Center. The seminar is free and open to the public.    

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