Painting exhibit based on teacher's experience to open Jan. 31 at NIC

MacKenzie Hawley has been teaching art to children, high school students and adults at the postsecondary level for 20 years. “I believe the arts provide a unique environment in which the students can think and process in nontraditional ways,” Hawley said. “Through the visual arts, many students can excel, find acceptance and discover their personal voice.” Hawley's teaching experience, most recently as an art teacher for Spokane School District 81, is reflected in “Take Your Seat,” a painting exhibit on display Jan. 31 through Feb. 25 in North Idaho College's Boswell Hall Corner Gallery. Hawley holds a master's degree in education with a fine arts emphasis from Whitworth College as well as separate bachelor's degrees in education and fine arts from Eastern Washington University. She has worked for the Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum and the Washington State Arts Commission in addition to teaching at Eastern Washington University, Lewis Clark High School, University High School, Spokane Valley Alternative High School, Community Colleges of Spokane and the Spokane Art School. Hawley utilized her teaching experience to create this body of work, which focuses on the image of a chair, a prominent item in most educational settings, representing conformity and diversity. “While chairs perform the same function, there may be a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, just as there are a variety of students,” Hawley said. The exhibit also weaves the themes of education and the visual arts to represent Hawley's belief in art's importance in school curricula. “My intention is to continually advocate for the visual arts' rightful place in all school curricula and to continue to reach out to administrators and non-educators to convince them that the visual arts are an essential form of human communication,” Hawley said. The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 in the gallery. A gallery walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 in the gallery. The Boswell Hall Corner Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission to the gallery is free. Information: (208) 769-3427.

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NIC Corner Gallery Coordinator Allie Vogt, (208) 769-3427

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005

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