“Physica” Exhibit

Now through May 3, 2023 | First Floor Gallery, Miller Nichols Library

“Physica” by UMKC Conservatory student Megan Darley is a collection of surrealist paintings.

The “Physica” exhibit in the First Floor Gallery.

Statement from the artist

“In “Physica,” Darley explores passive and active uses of imagination. Darley draws from surrealism, viewing each one of their creations as a one-way mirror like those used in interrogation rooms.  Those who are confined (by their dreams, fantasies, experiences, etc.) can only see their reflection. The “outsiders” participate in observance by consciously and unconsciously forming judgments, all the while separated from the subject (in this case, a painting) by physical distance.  The “outsiders” are connected to the subject by the associations and impressions they form around the subject. The bidirectionality of this psychological connection forces viewers to question whether we look at the painting or if the painting looks at us, and if understanding is ever more than passive and active uses imagination.  Darley invites you to embrace the playful nature of each painting.”

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