Art Professor WT Hosts First Solo Gallery Inspired by the Begging Plains

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Anna K. Lemnitzer, art professor at New West Texas A&M University, is planning an exhibition based on her adaptation to the Panhandle Plains.

Lemnitzer started at the university in the fall of 2021 as an assistant professor of art and design. She moved to the area from the Allegheny area of ​​Pennsylvania, but has lived across the country, being originally from Arizona.

The artist said it was his move to the area that most influenced this collection, from the vast lands and colorful skies to the unyielding winds and an infestation of brown recluse spiders in his new home.

“It’s another world. Before I moved here, I said I wanted to live somewhere where the desert, the mountains and the sea all exist and I don’t want it to be California,” Lemnitzer said.

“Coming here really feels like I’m living in the sea, almost a desert sea and with Palo Duro and Buffalo Lake so close, it makes me feel like I’m in the mountains. It’s a magical new place that I’ve never experienced before,” she said.

Lemnitzer began by creating a sculpture of a tumbleweed, representing the wind, and a string representing the spider web to signify his appreciation for his new home.

Graphite/digital drawing titled 'Serenity', created by WT Professor Anna K. Lemnitzer for her upcoming exhibition which opens January 27 at the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery in Mary Moody Northern Hall on the WT Campus

“My inspiration came, literally, the first day I moved here,” Lemnitzer said. “I moved into a place with an infestation of brown recluses and, I usually try to turn anything I’m afraid of into an opportunity for growth. So, I started researching spiders and watching how they were forming their webs… at the same time, I was struck by how much wind there is here, so I thought OK, ‘how can I learn to live with these two things — this wind and these spiders that have taken over?'”

Lemnitzer said she was also heavily influenced by the colors and vastness of plains and skies which led to the creation of pieces like “Serenity”.

According to Lemnitzer, the piece was an oddity for her due to the fact that most of her previous work involved people and very rarely landscapes, but after using multiple mediums to create the piece, she said it gave her a strong feeling of peace, hence the name.

“What I appreciate is how her work is a hybrid of mediums. She paints her designs digitally and then paints by hand on the print, it’s nothing like no one has ever seen before” said Jon Revett, Doris Alexander Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts and Art Program. director.

Anna K. Lemnitzer, professor at West Texas A&M, prepares her article "Expression" for his upcoming exhibition which will open on January 27 at the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery at Mary Moody Northen Hall on the WT campus.

This exhibition will be Lemnitzer’s first with the university and will begin with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 27. Afterwards, the exhibition will be open to the public until February 19 at the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery in Mary Moody. North Hall on the WT campus.

The Fitz Gallery hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be made for Fridays and Saturdays by emailing [email protected]

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