Alumni Art Gallery debuts in Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Georgia (March 11, 2022) — Cynthia Thompson, Curator, Kennesaw State University Zuckerman Art Museumnoticed an open space on a wall outside the KSU president’s office in Kennesaw Hall last year and saw an opportunity.

After getting the president’s approval and working with the facilities department, this once bare space became an alumni artist gallery. The new gallery joins other works of art created by alumni from the museum’s permanent collection that decorate the offices.

“We hope to rotate the gallery two to three times a year with a new artist featured each semester,” Thompson said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of our graduates who have a successful artistic practice or artistic career.

Brandon Huelskamp

The current installation is a visually stunning display of blue paper butterflies and colorful moths radiating from one corner of the gallery as if flying. They direct viewers’ eyes to two framed prints of moths created by recent KSU graduate Brandon Huelskamp. Look closely, and there’s a playful little self-portrait of the artist on each of the moths.

“I met Brandon last semester as part of Dr. April Munson’s Capstone course, where he was encouraged to create a large-scale installation and several prints for his Capstone exhibit,” Thompson said. “I found his work engaging and a perfect complement to the other works on display in the President’s Atrium.”Photo

Huelskamp, ​​who graduated in December, said he was delighted that his work was selected to be the first exhibition in the new gallery. The installation of butterflies and moths in flight is called “Put me on display”. The hundreds of individual moths and butterflies are cut-out copies of the creatures found in a framed silkscreen of the same name that is also part of the exhibit.

“The installation represents my personal journey as a queer man on the path to self-acceptance,” Huelskamp said. “This piece celebrates how far I’ve come to accept myself as I am and appreciate my life.”

– Gary Taner
Pictures of Jason Getz


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global connections, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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