Park University’s Campanella Gallery to Host Sculpture Exhibit

A sculpture exhibit featuring the works of artist Matthew Boonstra will be on display in Park University’s Campanella Gallery, Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Oct. 11. The title of Boonstra’s exhibit is “Have You Tried Walking?”

Boonstra’s work is an investigation into how socioeconomic circumstances impact the natural environment. Boonstra said in his artist’s statement that “Have You Tried Walking?” “captures the transformation of a human figure into a gasoline funnel and signifies our dizzying physical and psychological relationship with oil.”

Boonstra earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University, where he received the 2009 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. In addition, he has been honored by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing (Mich.), the Detroit Artist Market and the Alden Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland, Mich.

A reception will be held for Boonstra on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery.

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. The Gallery is open 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 Boonstra and his work, visit or contact Matthew LaRose, director of the Campanella Gallery and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, at or (816) 584-6457.

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