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Student Art Exhibition Coming to Covington Library

A student art exhibition is coming to the Kenton County Public Library in Covington where events will be held from April 24 - May 15 to highlight the exhibition.

Curated by Northern Kentucky University English Professor Robert K. Wallace and BFA major Emma Rose Thompson, the exhibition is displayed on all three floors of the library from April 24 and will continue until May 15. The exhibition will be accompanied by Fast-Fish & Loose-Fish, a full-color catalog reproducing 103 artworks by 53 students created in Professor Wallace's classes beginning in 1994.

The kick-off event for the arts festival is a symposium on Moby Dick: How a 19th Century Novel Speaks to the 21st Century at the Cincinnati Art Museum's Fath Auditorium at 6:30 on Friday night. Speakers include Elizabeth Schultz, author of Unpainted to the Last, Samuel Otter, editor of Leviathan, Matt Kish, creator of Moby Dick in Pictures, and Emma Rose Thompson and Robert K. Wallace.

On Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., a marathon reading will take place at the Kenton County Public Library, where contributors will read the complete text of Moby Dick from beginning to end. The recommended text is the Longman Critical Edition, but interested individuals may read along from their own editions if it is a complete text. Multiple copies of the Longman edition will be on hand for readers to use. Readers must sign up in advance to read for 10 minute intervals.

On Monday, there will another symposium on Moby Dick and the arts and a campus tour of Moby Dick art from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Budig Theater inside the University Center at NKU. Beginning the symposium will be keynote speaker Elizabeth Schultz, followed by a panel discussion on “Creating Moby Dick Art” with Matt Kish, NKU student artists Abby Schlachter, Kathleen Piercefield, Danielle Wallace and Caitlin Sparks.

There will be another panel discussion after lunch beginning at 1:00 p.m. on “Teaching Moby Dick and the Arts,” with Jeff Markham of New Trier High School, Winettka, IL, Don Dingledine of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; NKU student artists Aaron Zlatkin, Ashley Theissen, and Mary Belpiero; and Robert K. Wallace.

Then, at 2:30 p.m., a campus tour will be given by co-curators Emma Rose Thompson and Robert K. Wallace. The tour will visit Greaves Concert Hall Lobby, Steely Library Archives, Honors House and Landrum 536.

The arts festival will then close with a reception honoring student artists and symposium speakers back at the Kenton County Public Library in Covington from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Staff report/Photo: Kenton Co. Public Library Covington (provided)

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