Emily Frenzen, 24-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from Fullerton, is finalizing a photography gallery that will be open to the public during the month of June. The gallery is for the final project hours of her graduate program.
The exhibition, “Gospel,” tells the story of walking through darkness to living in the light. The gallery features 40 images of landscapes, portraits, and moments of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new life that followed.
“In my experience, as trials lead me to know greater love, suffering becomes a powerful gift,” Frenzen said.
The gallery display will open as part of Lincoln’s First Friday Artwalks in June. The opening night will be from 5-8 p.m. June 3 at Wallspace-LNK, located at 1624 S 17th Street, Suite C. The space will be open to the public every Thursday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. through June.
“When I was putting this collection together, the problem was never a lack of ideas — I created three different variations,” Frenzen said. “I told my former professor, Mike Farrell, that I was struggling to come up with a title for the show the week we finished printing. He asked if I knew what got me out of the darkness and into the light. I knew right away. So, I introduce to you: ‘Gospel.’”
Frenzen grew up on a family farm curious by nature and full of wonder. In 2020, she earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication. During her undergraduate career, she produced a flood story of her family’s farm in 2019 that was played at the Nebraska State Fair. Frenzen is the first Engler Entrepreneurship student to use an arts approach for her applied science graduate degree program.