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UC Art Seniors Present Exhibit


Lizzy Horn stands proudly by her art.

Williamsburg, Ky. – Three seniors presented their artwork in the Luecker Building Art Gallery on December 7th at University of the Cumberlands (UC). Leslie Varney (McAndrews, KY), Lizzy Horn (Wheat Ridge, CO) and Marc Coots (Harlan, KY) displayed their best pieces of art.

Leslie Varney said she has always had an influence of art in her life. She explained how she didn’t have just a single inspiration for her show, but each piece had its own inspiration and goal. Varney had a few sculptures and photography displayed. She explained how she spent about three months working on her clay bust.

“I am most proud of it over all my other pieces,” Varney said. “It was a huge challenge, but I’m so glad that I went for it.” Varney is an Art Education major and a Theatre Arts minor and plans on teaching art after graduating.

Lizzy Horn is another senior featured in the art exhibit as well and is also an Art Education major. She said her interest in art was piqued by her father when he taught her how to sketch. She accredits her artistic talent to her father as well. Horn said another artist, Jenny Saville, and her family inspired her exhibit. She combined Saville’s style and her family influence to create her series for her show.

“My series for my show was the portraits of my four sisters, mom, and dad,” Horn said. “I tried to take formalistic elements from artists like Jenny Saville and make them my own.”

Marc Coots was the third senior featured in the art exhibit. He has a double major in Missions and Ministry and Visual Art with an emphasis in Painting. He said he had various inspirations, but his overall goal was to challenge himself and open himself up to his work. Coots said he has always been interested in art since his elementary school days.

“Drawing helped me focus in elementary school,” Coots said. “I was always itching for some way to express myself creatively.” All three seniors are making their final plans for their futures before graduating UC.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit