Julia Franklin Exhibit Launches New Season at Farnham Galleries

Farnham Galleries will feature the art of Julia Franklin as a new season begins Tuesday and runs through Sept. 21.

Franklin’s work has been exhibited in more than 70 shows regionally and nationally. She currently is a professor of art at Graceland University, where she won the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011.

An artist reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in the exhibit area.

Franklin said her art focuses on the objects we leave behind. In one of her projects, she takes the “emotionally charged objects and historical documents” from her father’s past to help explain his suicide.

“The raw body of work picks at the emotional scars to reveal and examine father/daughter relationships, nostalgia, the faultiness of memory and what people conceal in order to protect,” Franklin writes.

“By sharing this secret that I’ve held too long, I hope to start conversations on mental health, memory and identity, and help others find a way through the grief into peace.”

Farnham Galleries is located on the third floor of Mary Berry Hall on the Simpson College campus. The Galleries are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, with additional hours available upon request.

For more information, call 515-961-1427 or go to www.simpson.edu/farnham-galleries