A ceramic buddha laughs, his skin the hue of weathered copper. He holds a twist of prayer beads below an expanded belly, tiny legs folded on a vibrant purple lotus bud.
The careful work of NMHU art student Mc Kaila Dorman, the sculpture is on display through May 1 as part of the semiannual Student Art Show at the Burris Hall Gallery.
“This is something we do every semester,” explains Highlands Associate Professor of Art, David Lobdell. “We try to create a program that gives students the opportunity to be trained professionally.”