March Steckline show will feature Newman adjunct’s photos

By Victor Dixon, Editor-in-Chief

March’s featured artist in Newman’s Steckline Gallery is Cary Conover, a longtime photographer and adjunct photography professor at Newman, who will be presenting his project “Looking In: Photographs from the Kansas Border.”

Conover said he started the project during the pandemic in the hope of getting away from urban Wichita and to try a different style of photography. It features pictures taken on Kansas’s border that showcase the horizon you’d see when looking back at the state.

“Taking a drive to the country just seemed so refreshing, and so I did,” he said. “I was looking for a more minimal aesthetic in a project. I was also looking for something with a geographic limitation component.”

The photos already in the collection offer a different perspective of Kansas than one is able to see within the city, and there are still many views left to be captured, Conover said.

“It’s definitely made me appreciate how vast Kansas is,” he said. “While I have a much better sense of some of the nooks and crannies of the state, I’m far from finished with this project.”

Artist talk events will be offered during Art For Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. today and Friday during First Friday, which lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will also be on display weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Admission to Friday’s opening-night reception is free.

PHOTO: Courtesy photo, Cary Conover