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The Walker Art Gallery: Abstract and realistic works collide at John Fronczak Exhibition

The John Fronczak Solo Exhibition features a total of 10 works by the artist. Five of the paintings are abstract works and five present the viewer with his realistic painting abilities. The exhibition is organized by The Walker Art Gallery and the Department of Art & Design.

John Fronczak received his bachelor’s degree from California State University in 1973 and his master’s degree in painting from Miami University in 1975. He worked primarily in abstract paintings for several years before beginning realist painting in 1989.

In August 2001, John Fronczak and his family moved to Nebraska. He worked as a preparator for the Museum of Nebraska Art from 2002 to 2006. At that time, he was an adjunct instructor in the art department at UNK. He was subsequently promoted to full-time instructor in 2006 and to senior instructor in 2012.

At the entrance of The Walker Art Gallery, postcards using John Fronczak’s paintings are lined up for visitors to take. A painting that appears on the postcards is “Horse Tooth Reservoir Cove” which depicts a landscape as realistic as a photograph.

The John Fronczak Solo Exhibition marks a transitional period for him as he leaves full-time teaching to focus on his family and artistic endeavors.

The John Fronczak Solo Exhibition runs through Thursday, March 31. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Walker Art Gallery is in the art wing of the Fine Arts Building.

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