The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College will showcase the works of two former art teachers in 2014. The “Pedagogy” exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 10, with a reception from 6-8 p.m.
Works by Harry Krug and Michael Jilg will be featured. Gallery Director Dave Barnes said the exhibit is a great window into the lives of two artists who spent much of their life in art education, while at the same time continuing on their individual journeys as artists.
“Pedagogy is the science and art of teaching. The two artists we are showcasing in our upcoming show are both sterling examples of what it means to be master teachers,” he said. “They were not just classroom teachers but also studio artists and taught by example. In the process of shepherding their students, they produced an impressive body of work.”
Barnes said both artists have been able to increase their focus on their personal work and the Shafer Gallery will benefit.
“After retirement each has continued to communicate his own vision and perfect his craft,” he said. “I could not be prouder to have the work of two such distinguished scholar creators in the gallery. Their influence went well beyond their own classrooms. The Shafer Gallery has recently developed a vision that focuses on the promotion and preservation of the work of Kansas academes and Mr. Krug and Mr. Jilg are among the best.”