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"The Big World" Opens at Wayne State College on Aug. 31


The Art and Design Department at Wayne State College announces the international group exhibition, "The Big World." Eleven artists, half of whom reside in Asia and the other half in the West, are represented by two-dimensional works of art and are interviewed on DVD by Associate Professor of Art at Oregon State University, Julie Green. An opening reception will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m Aug. 31 at the Nordstrand Art Gallery in the Peterson Fine Arts Building.


Artist participant Susan Knight will introduce the exhibit with a brief gallery talk at 4:30 p.m. in the Val Peterson Fine Arts foyer. The exhibit continues through Sept. 18. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visitors are welcome to attend at no charge. 


"I wondered if globalization and the Internet have lessened the significance of where we are from, and where we live now,'' Green said. "As you can see, location and personal histories do greatly influence the concepts of these eleven artists.  For example, Ding Yi's abstractions are his reaction against traditional, narrative Chinese painting, while Susan Knight focuses on the pollution of rivers in Nebraska, and Chen Changwei morphs zodiac animals into contemporary Chinese groups, including a family with a mistress."


As Green goes on to say, "The Big World attempts to:  introduce audiences to these artists, give the artists an opportunity to explain their concept, and in some small way, promote understanding and peace. The Big World ultimately speaks to the freedom of expression. As U.S. citizens, under the First Amendment, we are granted freedom of speech and freedom of expression. This is not the case in every country."


The Big World is fully funded by a 2008 General Research Fund Award from Oregon State University. Viewers are encouraged to visit the exhibit to observe the artwork and view the DVD in the gallery as the artists speak directly about their own work.


For information: Professor Marlene Mueller of Wayne State College at (402) 375-7513.



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