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Cress Gallery opens with “Voices”

The first Cress Gallery of Art academic season exhibition “Voices” presents installations of five professional artists whose works draw upon separate cultural pasts to address a multi-cultural global present. "Voices" is proudly sponsored by “The Friends of the Gallery”.

The exhibit can be viewed until October 12; Cress Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., or by appointment.

Artist’s Talk by Mimi Herbert and a public reception for artists Waldo Vinces and Victoria Martin-Gilly will be held Tuesday, September 12, Fine Arts Center 339, 5:30 p.m.

The artists of “Voices” include:

American Mimi Herbert “Voices of the Puppet Masters” has lived as a sculptor, draughtsperson, printmaker, and writer in the United States, India, Pakistan, Haiti, Brazil, El Salvador, Indonesia, and New Zealand.  The Cress is featuring a series of her drawings “Voices of the Puppet Masters” based upon her study the of Wayeng Golek Puppet Theater of Indonesia.  A selection of Herbert’s collection of Wayang Golek puppets is also included in this exhibit.

Peruvian born Waldo Vinces' work “Meditations on How to Build a New Life” struggles with issues of transplantation and immigration, alienation and adaptation, memory and new meaning.

Originally from Venezuela, Victoria Martin-Gilly presents her installation of work “Daydream/Nightdream” which draws upon her study of East Indian and Chinese religion and philosophy.

Nebojsa Seric Shoba’s model for a proposed Sarajevo land work “Broadway Boogie Woogie” and fellow Bosnian Damir Niksic’s darkly humorous video installation “If I Wasn’t Muslim” address utopian longings,  “ethnic cleansing”, and mistrust and misunderstanding drawn upon religious, ethnic, and cultural lines.

Admission to the Cress Gallery is free.  Gallery talks may be arranged with Ruth Grover, Curator Galleries, Exhibitions and Collections in the UTC Department of Art.  Contact Grover at 423-425-4600 cell 423-304-9789

Class and group visits are encouraged. The Cress Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center at the corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets. Off campus visitors may obtain a parking pass at the Facilities Building on Palmetto.  Parking is free in any UTC lot after 5 p.m.

September 8, 2006

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