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The Home for Student Art at LMU

TK Art GalleryStudent photography, conceptual installation and performance art are on display in the student-run Thomas P. Kelly Jr. Art Gallery on the Loyola Marymount University campus. The work of Justin Manzano and Justin Coates is featured in the show, which runs until Feb. 12.

The Thomas P. Kelly Jr. Art Gallery opened in August 2008. The gallery is run by a student cooperative and exclusively showcases student art. Manzano, a senior studio arts major who is the director of the gallery and president of the student cooperative, said that it is vital for students to have a space to feature their work.

Manzano said the current show is “definitely the first of its kind here at LMU.” Creating art that “breaks down the barriers of the canvas or frame” is exciting for Manzano. One piece of his performance art got a lot of attention at the opening reception in late January; Manzano lived in the gallery for one week after the opening. He said that the performance “broke down the separation between life and art.”

Several shows are slated to open at the gallery during the semester. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon – 4 p.m., while an exhibition is showing.

Posted Feb. 8, 2010