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September 21, 2001

UW-RF Sponsors 10th Annual Outdoor Art Installation

The UW-River Falls art department will sponsor its 10th annual Outdoor Art Installation, which will include three days of public viewing Oct. 10-12.

The faculty and students will create outdoor works designed to highlight a specific site on campus. The works may take the form of a colorful quilt made entirely of natural materials, a clothesline of photographs, or larger than life dancing pine needle figures.

Variety is the main theme of the installations. Large and small, whimsical and serious, the temporary works are made to vanish from the campus after three days of public viewing.

In the past both guest artists and department alumni also have contributed to the exhibit. Last year UW-RF played host to 45 installations, which many enjoyed while walking through the campus.

This year the invited guest is Kinji Akagawa, an internationally recognized sculptor who focuses his work on art in public spaces. A professor of sculpture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Akagawa will work on a guest installation with the art students.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., Akagawa will present a lecture, that is free and open to the public, in the Blanche Davis Theater of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. From 2-4 p.m. Akagawa will conduct a walking tour of the installations.

Construction of the installations will begin Monday, Oct. 8. The finished installations can be viewed from Wednesday, Oct. 10, to Friday, Oct. 12. All who view the works are asked to please respect the artistic ideas and to not alter or damage the artwork.

Site maps that identify the individual installations can be picked up Oct. 10-12 at Gallery 101 or outside the art department office, Room 172, both located in Kleinpell Fine Arts. For more information call the UW-RF art department, 715/425-3266.

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