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Student show is one of two new art exhibits

March 19, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Two exhibits open in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University Thursday, April 3. The Frostic School of Art's annual student show will be on display through April 17 in the Monroe-Brown Gallery. "John Link: Recent Paintings" will be exhibited through June 13 in the Kerr Gallery. Both shows and related events are open to the public free of charge.

Frostic School of Art's annual student show coincides with the school's honors ceremony and open house. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Scholarships, exhibit awards and outstanding student achievements will be recognized at this time. A reception will be held immediately following the awards presentation in the Richmond Center's DeVries Gallery. Finally, the community is invited to tour new facilities and see student and faculty demonstrations during the school's open house from 6 to 8 p.m. in Kohrman Hall.

Guests can watch a bronze pour in the new foundry, see the University's printmaking presses in action, and view students shaping clay vessels on 20 new pottery wheels. Student exhibits on display include entries from the SmithGroup photo competition, batik art from classes offered by visiting Indonesian artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam, and sculpture by a freshmen foundation class that used digital motion-capture programming as part of the creative process.

Juror of this year's student art show is Sadashi Inuzuka. Inuzuka earned his undergraduate degree from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his master's degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work is in numerous collections in North and South America, as well as Denmark and the Netherlands. He currently teaches at the University of Michigan.

"John Link: Recent Paintings" features paintings rooted in abstract expressionism. These pieces have a contemporary connection through the use of transparent color and vivid movements captured in broad brushstrokes. Link recently retired from his position as professor of art at WMU, where he taught for more than 29 years.

Richmond Center gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For additional information, contact the Frostic School of Art Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455.

Media contact: Don Desmett, (269) 387-2455, donald.desmett@wmich.edu

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