Butler students’ steampunk-inspired works featured at CityArts Gallery

Wichita’s CityArts Gallery will feature works inspired by a steampunk aesthetic in its upcoming exhibition “Steampunk: Beyond the Goggles, “ Nov. 3 through 19. 

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Students in Butler Community College’s Digital Media program will join the exhibit with “Steampunkery,” a collection of print and motion graphics. A public reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. CityArts Gallery is located in the heart of Wichita’s Old Town district, at 334 N Mead.

Steampunk is an aesthetic that combines modern technology—computers, robotics, air travel—with aspects of Victorian England or American Wild West culture. Steampunk started as a sub‐genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and extends into fashion, engineering, music, and for some, a lifestyle.

Butler student work will include print work from the Digital Illustration and Page Layout class, as well as animation and interactive graphics from the Digital Publishing tools class. Student Trevor Geisler is creating a steampunk View‐Master, that displays photos of Wichita altered to reflect an imagined city powered by steam. Joe Allden’s project allows people to accessorize digital dolls with perfect steampunk accessories such as goggles, guns and gadgets. Student Craig Stutzman has created a tongue‐in‐cheek informational video to help people differentiate between steampunk and steamjunk.

The CityArts event is held in conjunction with Steampunk Day, Nov. 5, at Old Cowtown Museum. This is the second year Cowtown has hosted a steampunk convention, which draws several hundred participants from a four‐state area.

For more information, contact Skyler Lovelace at Butler’s Advanced Technology Center, (316) 218-6229 or slovelace@butlercc.edu.

 

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