“Vibrant Faces” Exhibit

A portrait drawing of an unsmiling person with green skin and curly purple hair

Now through December, 2023 | First Floor Gallery, Miller Nichols Library

“Vibrant Faces” by UMKC student Theodore Barrera is a collection of paintings and oil pastel drawings. Theodore is studying Jazz, and Art and Design.

Statement from the Artist

“I started experimenting with these faces during the first stages of the pandemic in 2020. They quickly developed into my current main subject. Some I saw in my head before starting, and some just appeared on the surface as I went. Some told me their name, and some told me what they were thinking. Using oil pastel, I can come very close to the blending and experience of working in paint without a brush. Three of the works in this exhibit are done in acrylic paint and are my most recent. Both mediums have their own unique characteristics and application.”

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