February 23, 2018
Flickinger's work featured in a pair of galleries
Those wishing to see more of the amazing work done by Cowley College Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair Mark Flickinger can stop by the new Mark Arts in Wichita, or the Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College in Great Bend, KS.
Mark Arts is a new $20 million facility located at 1307 N. Rock in Wichita. The 40,000-square-foot building is Short for the Mary R. Koch Arts Center.
The exhibit Flickinger’s work is featured in is the Mark Arts Kansas Invitational. The exhibit opened on January 5 and will close on March 26, 2018. It is free to the public and includes 100 pieces from all over the U.S. and Europe, from artists who have lived or worked in Kansas. It was juried by Mike Michaelis, Sonia Greteman, and Chris Shank.
Flickinger has three landscapes in the show.
“I am very pleased to be included in this wonderful exhibition,” Flickinger said. “The exhibition space at Mark Arts is truly state of the art, and will be an important exhibition/education venue for years to come.”
Flickinger also has an exhibition of 28 paintings and drawings at the Shafer Gallery focusing on The Sublime American Landscape. The exhibit will be on view through March 1, 2018.
“Building on the work from my Sabbatical, with some new paintings, this exhibition is centered on the search for the sublime, iconic, American vista and how painting becomes a way of understanding my place in it,” Flickinger said. “I love working on site when possible. Ultimately, I love color, paint, texture, space, air, and light. I have a compulsion to paint and be in these places. I cannot separate my need to transcribe these experiences of place and the experience of painting itself.”
Flickinger jumped at the opportunity to exhibit at the Shafer.
“I had never shown there but had been hearing of their wonderful facility for years,” Flickinger said. “It truly is a terrific space and is giving me some ideas about an exhibition space here at Cowley.”
Flickinger is currently preparing new work for a solo show scheduled March 31 through May 26 of 2019, at the Sandzen Gallery, in Lindsborg.