Holt-Russell Gallery

Housed in historic Parmenter Hall on the Baldwin City campus, the Holt-Russell Art Gallery features art by students, faculty, and local, national, and international artists.

Students exhibit their work in an annual juried student art show. In addition, students work as preparers, curators and organizers of their senior exhibitions.

The Holt-Russell Gallery is located on the second floor of Parmenter Hall at 706 Dearborn St.

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Major Holidays

Russell Horton
Assistant Professor of Art
Director Holt-Russell Gallery

Fall 2016 Schedule

David Gross | September 1-24

David Gross spent his early life on a farm in southeast Missouri, where an interest in oil painting developed at a young age. He planned to be a painter from the very beginning and has always worked directly from nature; his paintings radiate a vitality and eloquence. With a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1968, an MFA from Indiana University in 1970, and subsequent studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting in Maine, David prefers to paint straightforward subjects—landscapes, still life studies, floral landscapes—in a visually simplified manner, striving for clarity and exquisite color. Strongly influenced by the Fauve movement of the turn of the century, he journeys into the world of abstract expressionism, creating in his works a balance between the organic reality of the “place” and “non-representation” by juxtaposition of geometric shapes, layers of texture, and bold color.

After more than 30 years of artistic experience, David continues to approach each new canvas as a pristine world in which to place his mark. “My life’s work is a journey. I paint to explore color, space, and composition. It is a search, an exploration. The Flint Hills of Kansas is an ideal setting to pull ideas for subject matter. The atmosphere, terrain, and light quality there is extremely unique, subtly abstract in form. The Tall Grass Prairie is the symbol of our Kansas heritage; it has a timeless quality I find endlessly exciting to paint…”

This exhibition will showcase a complex body of work from David’s lengthy career up to his current work as he continues to paint into his later years. This body of work is based on his studies of the Kansas prairie, regional gardens, and places of provincial splendor along Interstate 35, which are alive with warmth, texture, sumptuous color, and simplicity.

David Platter: Myself and Other | October 6-28

David Platter’s work engages the human figure as a mode to visually articulate aspects of the inner self. Employing traditional representational techniques to confront our perceptual expectations, he uses contemporary materials and processes to offer innovations in figurative sculpture.

David is seeking to generate examples that reveal how greater value can be discovered through an object’s nature and its relationship to its surroundings. Through this process he is building models that reflect his compulsion that the human condition also has itsvalue rooted in the physicality of our existence yet also seems more than the sum of its parts.

David Platter earned his MFA from the University of Kansas in 2011. Upon graduating, David was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center for his thesis exhibition, Charting the Self, which then provided him the opportunity to do an artist in residence with art st urban in St. Urban, Switzerland.

David is the chair of the Department of Art at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. His regional public art works include the William Inge Memorial in Independence, Kansas, The Martin Luther King Living Legacy Award at MidAmerica Nazarene University, the Embracing Heart at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas, and an upcoming conceptual figurative work scheduled to be permanently installed in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

Michael Elizondo: Converge | November 3 – December 2

Michael Elizondo is from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and resides in Oklahoma City. He received his M.F.A in Painting from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 and his B.F.A in Studio Art from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2008. He has exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards. In 2011-2012 he was the Artist-In-Residence at Jacobson House Native Art Center, Norman, Oklahoma. He teaches at the University of Central Oklahoma.

The subject matter of Michael Elizondo’s work stems from the fascination of origin stories and sociological events that have shaped the place and culture that we as contemporary people live in today. He takes these inspirations and uses his art as a building block to interpret personal bloodlines and indigenous background to make sense of our current state. In essence, art making is fun and creating new art forms that symbolizes our time, just as his ancestors always have, is an exciting thing to add to history.


Russell Horton, Assistant Professor of Art

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and major holidays