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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

January 24, 2018

Michelle Westmark Wingard, guest artist, speaks to students at College of the Ozarks

Michelle Wingard, guest artist, spoke at College of the Ozarks on Jan. 22 during a cultural convocation.Michelle Wingard, guest artist, spoke at College of the Ozarks on Jan. 22 during a cultural convocation.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Michelle Wingard, guest artist, spoke at College of the Ozarks on Jan. 22 during a cultural convocation.

Wingard, a professor of art and the gallery director at Bethel University, received a grant and a sabbatical to capture photographs of the location where her grandfather’s plane was shot down in Belgium during World War II. Her grandfather parachuted into enemy territory and escaped to freedom through a series of Belgian farmers who endangered their lives to help him. Wingard memorializes, with the help of her photographs, the legacy of her beloved grandfather.

Wingard challenged students to view everyday as a memorial. As she shared her grandfather’s war story, she reminded students of the importance of remembrance — memorials hold a special place in her heart because of the one dedicated to her grandfather and his flight crew.

“The [College’s] Vietnam war memorial is a beautiful example of a memorial of remembrance,” Wingard said.

“It’s fascinating to hear stories and learn of the legacies from those who have come before us,” said junior Cole Cramer, graphic design major. “It was humbling to see how one event can affect so many lives and change how we live day to day.”

Wingard received her Master of Fine Arts in photography in Brooklyn, New York, from Pratt Institute. She currently works and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


01.24.2018 – Lain McCanless




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