Growing up on a working farm in Indiana provided artist and KU visual art professor, David Vertacnik, with an appreciation for the land and inspiration for his sculpting career. Vertacnik has a solo exhibition currently on display at the Lawrence Arts Center. “Local Flavor, Selected Work from 1979-2014” will be on exhibit through Oct. 4.
The artist statement on his website, http://www.davidvertacnik.com, states, “My art is about humanity and humanity’s earthbound ties. It’s about the land and our responsibility towards it, about primitive symbols that relate to my heritage as well as the natural world.”
The Lawrence Arts Center will host a reception for opening exhibits from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 29 and an INSIGHT Art Talk with Vertacnik at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.
Vertacnik received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., in 1975 and his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in 1972. He has taught at the University of Kansas since 1979.
His art has been viewed in numerous solo, two-person, and group exhibitions in the United States and Slovenia. His work is held in public and private collections, including those belonging to Bethel College (Newton, Kan.), the Lowe Art Museum (Coral Gables, Fla.), and the former President of Slovenia, Milan Kucan.
Vertacnik employs a wide range of materials in his pieces, including ceramics, cast bronze, and industrial and agricultural objects. Many of his sculptures are designed for outdoor sites, created with elements that move freely in space.