Senior’s art encourages audience to think about human connection to environment

"Parasite" | graphite | 8.5" x 11"

“Parasite” | graphite | 8.5″ x 11″

“The exhibit began in a very subconscious way,” said senior art major Kayle Rieger. “All of the images depict a human nature relationship; one in which the human is not the dominating force.”

Rieger is talking about Exploitation: Portraits of Humanity, her art exhibit that will be on display in Phillips Library beginning today, Thursday, April 3. The AU community is invited to attend an open house from noon-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m.

“The viewers’ ideas of ‘human’ and ‘nature’ will be questioned by the artwork presented and their true connections will come into better light,” said Rieger. “What are the audience’s connections to the environment? How are they impacting it? I want viewers to think, even if those thoughts involve unanswered questions.”

While it wasn’t her goal to be an artist, Rieger said art is what interested her most when she came to Aurora University. “I always enjoyed mathematics and science, but knew I needed a creative career path,” she said. “The classes I have taken and the opportunities I have had at AU have given me a taste of life as an artist, from understanding and creating art to exhibiting and being able to discuss my work with audiences.”

During her time at AU, Rieger also has had the opportunity to supplement her major with minors in biology, museum studies and psychology. “I’ve truly been able to explore subjects that have helped to shape my vision of my future career,” she said.

This fall, she will begin a museum studies master’s program at the University of Kansas. “I love the world of museums and hope to find a niche for myself. I’m interested in becoming a collections manager and working with art, natural history and other unique collections.”

For more information on Aurora University’s Bachelor of Arts in Art program, visit here.