Park University’s Campanella Gallery hosting 'Illuminating” Kent Davis art exhibit

Kansas City artist Kent Davis will show a collection of his illuminated wall relief sculptures in an exhibit at Park University, Tuesday, Dec. 18, through Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The exhibit will take place at the Campanella Gallery on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Davis, who grew up in Raytown, Mo., said that he has been intrigued by light and illumination since he was a child when he built glow-in-the-dark models. “As I got older, I began collecting odd and unusual lamps. Eventually, I began creating illuminated sculptures that have since evolved into the pieces I currently make.” In creating those pieces, Davis said he likes to work with wood and light, as well as paper, “due to its fragility, flexibility and beauty.”

Davis said he looks for inspiration in things such as leaves, clouds, shells, seed pods and even the curls of his girlfriend’s hair. “Meditative, ethereal, organic and calming — these are just a few of the words that have been used by others to describe my work. Those are the very qualities I strive for when creating them. It is my desire that my artwork will add beauty, happiness, peace and illumination in the homes of those who choose to make them a part of their lives.”

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. Through Sunday, Jan. 13, hours are: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday. Monday, Jan. 14, through Thursday, Jan. 31, hours are: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about Davis and his work, visit Davis’ website at or contact Donna Bachmann, director of the Campanella Gallery and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, at or (816) 584-6457.

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