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'Transfiguration' will be among sculptures shown.
Yankowski collection on exhibit in Gallery 2
Artists talk, reception Feb. 4
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – An exhibition of 12 wooden sculptures by Michael Yankowski is on display in Northwestern State University’s Gallery 2. Six pieces have returned from various competitions including Design in Wood International Competition in San Diego, Positive/Negative National Competition at Tennessee State University and the 2012 Art Melt State Artists Competition in Baton Rouge. Six additional sculptures will travel to New Orleans and be featured in an exhibition at Carol Robinson Gallery from March 23 until Easter.

The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist and discuss his work from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. The gallery is on the second floor, Room 200G, of the Creative and Performing Arts building adjacent to the Orville Hanchey Gallery. The exhibition runs Jan. 28-Feb. 14.

Coming and Going features two styles of Yankowski’s work. One series is a group of tromp l’oeil carvings of ordinary objects such as loaves of bread and stacks of letters, which also function as boxes. The second series is a collection of mixed media constructions inspired by religious themes and include cast metal, fabricated objects and oil paintings.

Although most of the pieces have been exhibited in NSU art faculty exhibitions, this is the first time they have come together as a group. Yankowski is a professor of art at Northwestern State University and has received several fellowships and awards including the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award and a Louisiana Artists Fellowship.

To view more of Yankowski’s work, go to For further information about this or other events at the NSU Galleries, contact Leslie Gruesbeck, gallery coordinator, at or (318) 357-5476.