Visions of Germany on display at exhibit
Special to The Hays Daily News
In collaboration with the Avi Kempinski Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Fort Hays State University German Club, the Hays Public Library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of FHSU sophomore Mary McDermott.
The exhibit will open from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and continue through November at the library.
McDermott was selected last year as the Kempinski scholarship recipient, which awarded her $1,800 toward a study-abroad program in Germany. She went to Germany last summer to study at the University of Duisburg-Essen for four weeks with a group of FHSU students. After returning to Hays, she captured her experience in striking drawings, showing her impressions of German culture, architecture and everyday German life.
The program is part of a partnership between Fort Hays State University and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
Avi Kempinski, longtime German professor at FHSU, died in 2012. The memorial fund was established in his memory to continue his vision of providing Hays students with the opportunity to travel. Kempinski created the exchange program and initiated the partnership between the universities.
The exhibition also will feature photographs, souvenirs and impressions from other FHSU exchange program graduates, as well as students from Germany currently studying in Hays.