“The Joy of Climbing” Exhibit

Now through May, 2024| Health Sciences Library Gallery

“The Joy of Climbing” by UMKC student Nathan Vanzeyl is a collection of digital hand drawn works. Nathan is studying Urban Planning& Design and plans to graduate in 2026

Nine grayscale drawings in a staggered arrangement
The Joy of Climbing drawings ascending and descending.

Statement from the Artist

As an avid rock climber I see nothing but joy when watching climbers. That was the inspiration for this series, depicting different types of climbing and conveying the joy felt by each of the people shown. 

Each of these pieces is a digital drawing made using an iPad Pro. Each drawing took anywhere between 3-10 hours to complete. The drawings are made in layers with the first being the outline of the sketch and each additional layer adding some form of texture to bring the piece to life. Many of the textures used were created by myself for this series by designing custom brushes to work with the drawing software I use. 

None of these pieces are of any particular person, more so they are to show the beauty and complexity of rock climbing.

Visit the Artist’s Website

This exhibit is part of the UMKC Libraries Student Art Exhibits Program, dedicating gallery space in our libraries to share the creative and intellectual work of our students. Complete the Student Art Exhibits online application to be considered for exhibition.

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library