CU Art Show to Run Dec. 1-11 at Gallery

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Kenzie Rice of Lawrenceburg will show her senior art exhibit at Campbellsville University’s Art Gallery Dec. 1-11.

A reception in her honor will be Monday, Dec. 1 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the gallery. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Rice will display paintings, ceramics, prints, drawings and mixed media.

Guest artist will be Sarah Sprague, a junior from Vermont.

Rice will graduate in May 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in art with a P-12 certification. She has exhibited art work at CU’s Juried Student Art Shows in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Her painting “Hebrews 11:1” won third place in the 2008 show.

She has also exhibited work at the Sunshine Center Art Gallery.

Rice grew up and spent most of her life in Frankfort. She graduated from Western Hills High School in 2005 and is the daughter of William and Beverly Rice of Lawrenceburg.

She has traveled on mission trips to Texas, New Mexico and Honduras.

“The basis of most of my work comes from my spiritual beliefs as well as my emotions and expressions,” she said. “I have found that art is not only a way for me to express what I am thinking or how I feel, but a way for me to worship as well.”

Many of her pieces are of hands, birds, hearts and other symbols that “strongly represent the image or emotion that I am usually trying to convey.”

Rice began painting during revivals, during CU’s “Oasis” worship service and youth events such as 24-God.

“Many of my paintings are very simple and abstract because of how quickly I was asked to paint them,” she said. “I know that the paintings, Energy and So Small, bot of which were painted during 24-God, were painted in 15-20 minutes or less.”

“I feel that all art has a purpose and for me it serves as a way to express creativity, spirituality and emotions,” she said.

For more information, contact Judy Clark in the Office of Student Records at or (270) 789-5233.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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