Gardner-Webb Students to Display Work at Uptown Shelby Art Walk on April 23

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Exhibit to Showcase Talents, Connect Students with Potential Job Opportunities

By Jill Blank, Communications Intern

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb University photography students will display their work as part of the Uptown Shelby Art Walk on Thursday, April 23, from 5:30-8 p.m.

Every spring, summer and fall, the Uptown Shelby Association partners with the Cleveland County Arts Council to bring art to the streets of Uptown Shelby. During the Art Walks, local businesses extend their hours into the evening to host various artists.

Gardner-Webb photography students who will put their pieces on display in the upcoming Art Walk include Melanie Mikus, Autumn Dufield, Emily Sellers, Hannah White, Justine Ibarra, Megan Hartman, Tim Mason, and Dr. Olga Poliakova, associate professor of mathematics. Each student will exhibit three prints at the Victorian Rose Studio of Photography at 108 W. Warren St. in Uptown Shelby.

Most of the students in the class are non-photography majors who are looking to use their new skills as a hobby or a part-time job, shared Rebekah Rausch, adjunct professor of Communication and New Media at Gardner-Webb. “The Art Walk will get their work out there and ideally lead to potential jobs,” Rausch added. “It shows the Shelby residents what kind of talent and passion is at Gardner-Webb.”

More information about the Art Walk and Gardner-Webb photography courses is available by contacting Rausch at

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment, preparing students to think critically, to succeed professionally, and to serve faithfully as members of their local and global communities.