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New GCCC Mercer Gallery exhibit features printmaking

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The new exhibit set to open Friday, March 7 at the Garden City Community College’s Mercer Gallery features the work of Brian Hutchinson, a Fort Hays State University Art & Design instructor specializing in printmaking. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 2.

Hutchinson will be in the house on March 7 to give a hands-on workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be in attendance for the artist’s reception scheduled from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery on the same day.

The show consists of 22 pieces centered on the violent and self-destructive nature of humanity.

“I am most enthralled with art that stimulates me in a visceral, emotional, and physically effective way,” said Hutchinson. “I am interested in the nervous energy that courses through the threatened mind and how to create power in a work of art through its ability to access the nervous system. It urges me to consider the aesthetic that highlights the paradoxical balance of human survival.”

Hutchinson earned both a bachelors and master’s degree in fine art from FHSU. Prior to teaching at the college, he was an art instructor at USD 269 in Palco, USD 226 in Meade, and USD 327 in Ellsworth. He has most recently exhibited in McPherson College’s Friendship Gallery, the Southern Graphics Council International Members Portfolio Exchange in New Orleans, LA, and at the Open Door/Closed Door Invitational Exhibit in Hays.

The Mercer Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.